Dental Procedure That Involves in Teeth Bonding Before and After
Some people feel less confident about themselves, probably because of the state of their smile. Fortunately, this problem can be corrected in different forms, like teeth bonding. For a composite bonding at St. Albans, contact us today to book an appointment with us.
What is teeth bonding?
Tooth bonding is a type of dental procedure that involves the application of a resin material to the teeth to improve its appearance. The resin material is tooth-coloured, and it is applied to the teeth then hardened with a special UV light that bonds the material to the tooth or teeth. The resin material is durable and is made of plastic material.
Why do people need teeth bonding?
Tooth bonding becomes an option or solution for the following dental problems
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Abnormal shape of tooth or teeth
- Decayed teeth. The cavities, in this case, will have to be filled with composite resins
- People who wish to make their teeth appear longer
- Gapped teeth
- Discoloured teeth
- It can be used as an alternative to amalgam fillings
- Exposed part of tooth root as a result of the recession of gums
What is the procedure for tooth bonding before and after?
The procedure for tooth bonding is as follows
Preparation: for tooth bonding, there is little preparation that required. In most cases, there is no need for anaesthesia unless the bonding procedure is to fill a decayed tooth. Anaesthesia also required if the tooth is to drilled for its shape to changed or when there is a chip close to the nerve. Besides these cases, there is no need for anaesthesia. While preparation is going on, the dentist will choose a composite resin colour with the help of a guide. The colour chosen should closely match the colour of your tooth.
Bonding process: The tooth’s surface roughened to begin the bonding process, and a conditioning fluid applied to it. These activities will help the overall result as it will help the material stick to the tooth. After the surface roughen, the putty-like resin that is very close to the natural tooth colour then applied to the tooth and further moulded by the dentist. The material smoothened out to give the desired shape, and then it hardened with a laser light or a bright light. When the resin hardened, it further trimmed and shaped by the dentist, after which it polished to match the surrounding teeth surface.
The overall time for bonding of tooth is about 30 -60 minutes per tooth.
It is important to note that dental bond limited to certain dental issues. It is best use to correct small dental issues and for small or short term cosmetic changes. Tooth bond used to correct problems in areas of the mouth with low bite pressure, like the front teeth. Before choosing tooth bonding as an option for cosmetic problem correction, you must speak with your dentist first.
Benefits and vices of tooth bonding
- Easy and less expensive than other cosmetic procedures
- It can done in one office visit, unlike veneers and crowns that have to customised
- Does not require the use of anaesthesia unless it is to fill a cavity
- It involves the removal of the least amount of tooth enamel
- It is not resistant to stains, unlike dental crowns
- The material used for bonding does not last as long as veneers, dental crowns or fillings
- The material can break or chip off anytime
Caring for your bonded teeth before and after
The material used for bonding is not very durable, and as such, it can break off or chip anytime. For this reason, you must avoid certain activities that can put strain or pressure on them. Activities like chewing on hard objects like ice, pen or even fingernails and tearing things open with the teeth should avoided completely. If you discover any sharp edges in your bonded tooth, or if it does not feel strong when you bite down, see your dentist as soon as possible. Nonetheless, you can care for your bonded teeth in the following ways
- Brushing twice daily
- Flossing at least once daily
- Rinsing the mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice daily
- Visiting your dentist for regular checkups and deep cleaning
How long does bonded teeth last?
The lifespan of bonded teeth depends on the amount of bonding done and on the oral habits of the individual. This means that certain habits and activities can reduce the shelf life of the bonded tooth. For example, biting down on hard objects and consuming coloured food and drinks regularly will see the replacement of the bonding material sooner. However, a bonded tooth expected to last for 3 -10 years before it should replaced.
Cost of bonded teeth
The cost of dental bonding varies, and it ranges from £100 -£400 per tooth. You can find out more about composite bonding teeth at St. Albans when you give us a call or get in touch with us. Reach out to us at St. Albans Dental clinic today for more information.