Dental Bonding Milwaukie OR
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can effectively transform a discolored, misshapen, or damaged tooth. If you have an imperfect tooth that is spoiling your smile, contact Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Milwaukie to see what we can do to help.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a versatile procedure that can be used to repair chipped, stained, and otherwise damaged teeth. It can also get rid of small gaps between teeth and make short teeth appear longer. The treatment involves applying composite resin materials directly onto the tooth and sculpting it until it looks like natural enamel.
Dental bonding is an alternative for those who are unable to wear braces or have dental veneers. It can also be used as a cosmetic enhancement in addition to other treatments, such as teeth whitening, to boost your smile.
What Happens During a Tooth Bonding Procedure?
The dentist will clean the tooth to ensure it is free of bacteria and food particles. The resin is prepared using a shade guide so that it closely matches the color of your other teeth. The surface of the tooth is roughened slightly to provide a better surface for the resin to adhere to, and a conditioning liquid is applied to the tooth. The composite resin materials are then placed and molded onto the surface of your teeth, along with a light-curing lamp that helps cure the bonding material. A polish completes the procedure.
Does Dental Bonding Ruin Teeth?
Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure where the tooth's structure remains intact. It does not cause any damage to the teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding has many benefits. It can improve your smile and self-esteem. Dental bonding is an affordable treatment option for those who do not want braces or dental veneers, and fixes minor issues like chips in your teeth and can also cover silver fillings without removing the original filling material. The procedure requires no special preparation and can be carried out without anesthetic because the tooth's structure is not interfered with. Furthermore, it only takes around 30 minutes per tooth. Thus, it is a quick solution that doesn't require multiple visits to the dentist as some other dental procedures can.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
The bonding material is not as strong as natural teeth. Thus, it is crucial that you avoid chewing hard foods, including ice, biting fingernails, chewing pens, or tearing packets open with your bonded teeth. If you have habits that exert excessive force on the teeth, such as grinding your teeth or jaw clenching (bruxism), you may not be a suitable candidate for the procedure.
How long does dental bonding last?
If cared for properly, with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our dentist in Milwaukie to avoid plaque build-up (which can weaken them) dental bonding typically lasts three to 10 years. Much will depend on where in the mouth they are and that you don't subject them to undue stress as mentioned.
Dental Bonding Milwaukie
To find out more about dental bonding and cosmetic dentistry in Milwaukie, schedule an appointment with us at Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry by calling 503-654-8283.