Dental Bonding

dental bonding

What is the purpose of dental or cosmetic bonding?

The purpose of dental bonding–also known as cosmetic bonding–is to make teeth more beautiful and functional by repairing an imperfection. If you have persistent stains, gaps between teeth, chipped teeth, or slightly cracked teeth, you should speak with your dentist about bonding. It is less expensive than other procedures, it’s quick, and it’s painless–usually no anesthetic is required. The cosmetic improvement is immediately visible.


What material is used for dental bonding?

None of the tooth structure must be removed for cosmetic bonding. A composite resin, which is a tough, long lasting plastic, is used to sculpt one individual tooth at a time. It is applied to a tooth as a putty-like material, and then a special light is used to harden the resin. The color of the resin is matched to the color of the patient’s teeth.

See before and after photos by Dr. Michael Adams and Dr. Pamela Adams.

What problems does dental bonding solve?

Dental bonding may be a good general and cosmetic dental procedure when any of these problems exist::

  • A misshapen tooth that can be reshaped for better appearance and function.
  • A cavity that can be filled more attractively with a tooth colored resin.
  • Wide spaces between teeth that can be reduced by adding volume to the tooth structure.
  • Where gums have receded enough to epose the tooth root, bonding may protect the root.
  • To restore discolored teeth.
  • To lengthen teeth for aesthetic improvement.
  • When teeth are chipped or cracked, dental bonding may be used to repair teeth.

What is the process of bonding teeth?

The entire process may require less than an hour. The first step of tooth bonding is for Dr. Michael or Dr. Pamela Adams to select a composite resin whose color duplicates that of your existing teeth. Anesthesia is generally not required for dental bonding, unless resin is being used as a filling for a decayed tooth.

Dr. Adams roughens the surface slightly and applies a conditioning solution to prepare for the bonding. Then the resin is applied and molded to a pleasing shape and finally hardened with ultraviolet or laser light. After hardening, a final trim and polish produces a beautiful tooth that looks perfect with your gums and teeth.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental bonding?

Dr. Michael Adams and Dr. Pamela Adams may use bonding to improve the appearance of selected teeth as part of a smile improvement plan. Bonding may be the perfect solution to repair a chipped tooth, to close spaces between teeth, or to change the shape of a tooth. The cost of dental bonding is less than veneers and crowns, because the resin is shaped in your dentist’s office rather than being ordered from a lab. Compared to veneers and crowns, less of the tooth enamel must be removed. Lastly, anesthesia is only required for fillings.

Although dental bonding is quite effective, it is not quite as stain resistant as porcelain crowns, for example. While bonding lasts a long time, is not as durable or strong as crowns or veneers; bonding materials may more easily chip or break if subjected to excessive stress.

Looking for the best dental care in your local area? Call for an appointment in our Clearwater office at (727) 461-4832.

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