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Is Dental Bonding Permanent?
Dental bonding is a quick and painless way to restore teeth or improve their appearance. When your dentist recommends dental bonding, you can have it done over your lunch hour and make it back to work on time. Unless the dentist plans to use the procedure to fill a small cavity, you will not need any anesthetic for the procedure.
How dental bonding works
Dental bonding is a procedure that involves covering an imperfection with dental resin. The resin is a tough, tooth-colored, plastic material with a putty-like consistency. A dentist will start by roughening the enamel of the tooth. They will also apply conditioning fluid onto the tooth.
Next, they will apply dental resin on the affected tooth and sculpt the putty-like material into the desired shape. They will then shine a special light on the resin, which will cause it to solidify. Lastly, the dentist will put the finishing touches on the restored tooth. They will file away any rough edges and surfaces created by the hardened dental resin. The entire procedure should take no more than an hour.
How long it lasts
Dental bonding can last anywhere between three and ten years, depending on a number of things. If a large amount of bonding material is used to restore a tooth, then the bonding will last a long time. If the dentist only uses a thin layer of resin, then the bonding will have to be retouched a few years after the procedure.
Other factors that affect the longevity of dental bonding are:
- The patient's oral hygiene: The better a person cares for their teeth and mouth, the longer dental bonding lasts
- Whether a person smokes or drinks: Dental bonding is more vulnerable to stains compared to dental restorations like crowns and veneers
- Whether a person puts stress on the restored tooth: Dental bonding can come loose from the tooth, especially if a person is in the habit of biting down on hard foods and objects
- The type of tooth restored: Some teeth work harder than others, so dental bonding should be placed on teeth that are subject to a minimal amount of stress
When is dental bonding a good idea?
If a tooth only has slight damage, dental bonding is a fast and convenient way to restore that tooth. Dental bonding can repair small dental problems and imperfections like:
- Small cavities
- Minor fractures
- Slightly chipped teeth
- Surface discoloration
- Slightly gapped teeth
These dental problems only need a small amount of repair, so there is no need to opt for more aggressive options like crowns or veneers.
Upgrade your smile with a procedure that is fast, painless and affordable
Thanks to dental bonding, you can fix that slight annoyance in your mouth in under an hour. You can squeeze the procedure into your busy schedule. Since you will likely need little or no anesthetic, you will be able to resume your day after you leave the dentist’s office. Call us to set up an appointment. Together, we can figure out if dental bonding is the right course of treatment for your tooth.
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