Composite Dental Bonding: What to Expect

Composite Dental Bonding: What to Expect

If you have cracked, discolored, or chipped teeth, dental treatment can fix the issue. Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that can enhance the appearance of your smile. The procedure involves the use of composite resin to repair tooth damage. 

The tooth-colored resin is applied to the damaged teeth. The procedure is cost-effective, more affordable than other dental options like veneers and crowns. 


Composite Dental Bonding 

The dental bonding procedure does not require multiple visits to the dentist, making it convenient. To start the procedure, the dentist chooses the composite resin using a shade guide. For natural-looking results, the color of the resin needs to match the color of the natural teeth. 

The dentist will roughen the tooth surface before applying a liquid that will bond resin and teeth. The composite resin is applied over the liquid, and the tooth is shaped or molded. The material is hardened using ultraviolet light.


When to Get Tooth Bonding 

Dental bonding can fix imperfections or defects on a tooth. Tooth bonding can also be used to repair cracked, decayed, or discolored teeth. The procedure can close gaps between the teeth — but only small gaps. Bonding can be used to increase or change the size of the tooth. 

A shorter tooth can be bonded to look like the rest of the teeth. Dental bonding is simpler than other dental procedures, and it can take between 30 minutes to one hour. It does not usually require anesthesia, which means you do not need much downtime.


Risks of Dental Bonding

Composite dental bonding is a simple procedure with no major risks. However, you should note that the resin is not as strong as the natural tooth: the material can chip or break, separating from the natural tooth. 

The bonded tooth can chip if you chew or bite down on hard food or items like pens. The resin is not completely stain-resistant, developing discoloration from certain food and drinks or smoking.


Preparing for Dental Bonding

The process of composite dental bonding will not require special preparation. You will need to talk to the dentist to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure. The condition of the teeth or the extent of damage will determine if bonding is right for you. If the damage or decay is severe, the dentist may recommend a crown or veneer instead. 


Caring for Bonded Teeth

Take good care of your teeth after the dental bonding procedure. Proper care will help extend the life of the tooth. Some care tips include brushing and flossing daily, avoiding hard food or candy, and not biting your nails. You should avoid red wine, coffee, tea, or smoking for two days after the bonding to prevent the formation of stains. Limit consumption of the same even after the two days and schedule regular dental cleanings. 

You should visit a dentist immediately if the bonding material chips or breaks. Regular visits to the dentist will help ensure that your teeth are in good overall shape.

For more on composite dental bonding, visit Woodyard Dental Care at our office in Paducah, Kentucky. You can call (270) 213-6620 today to book an appointment.