We offer a number of cosmetic and restorative treatments to repair damaged teeth. Otherwise, seemingly minor chips or fractures could soon increase the risk of serious complications. You are at more risk of tooth decay and infections. In addition, you may feel self-conscious about stains or gaps between your teeth. Fortunately, we can use tooth bonding to repair a tooth in a single visit.
Dental bonding can help patients restore teeth that have been cracked, chipped, or damaged from decay. Dr. David Rever has over 30 years of experience in cosmetic dentistry. He is committed to restoring every smile in Silver Spring Maryland, and beyond.
What is Tooth Bonding?
Dental bonding is composed of a composite resin that replaces your missing tooth structure. Dr. Rever uses composite resin due to its ability to match the natural tooth and its durability. With skill and expertise, Dr. Rever can color match and bond the composite resin onto the tooth, creating a natural-looking result. Although dental bonding is not a permanent solution, it can last for years with proper care. It is a great solution for teens and children who are still growing. A more permanent solution is porcelain veneers, which can have provide the same results, but with more long-term effects.
The tooth bonding process is a cosmetic procedure that employs the same composite resin we use for metal-free white fillings. The material can be shaded to help the material better blend with your smile. After cleaning your affected tooth, we will gently etch it. This allows the material to adhere to the tooth until it cures under a special light. As the bonding cures, we will sculpt and mold the tooth into a natural shape. Finally, the tooth is polished for a lifelike appearance. The entire procedure takes just a single visit. You can get back to your daily life and use the tooth almost immediately after the procedure.
Problems Dental Bonding Can Address
- Stained Teeth: We can use the procedure to mask permanent teeth stains, also known as intrinsic stains, which often don’t respond to traditional teeth whitening. Intrinsic discoloration can be the result of injury, fluorosis, or tetracycline use at a young age.
- Chipped Teeth: We often use the procedure to repair chipped teeth.
- Gaps Between Teeth: We also close unsightly gaps between teeth.
- Misshapen Teeth: The material not only fixes chipped teeth but also allows our team to completely reshape misshapen or worn down teeth.
- Misalignment: We can sometimes use bonding to correct the appearance of minor misalignment.
Most patients can receive dental bonding in just one visit to our Silver Spring dentist office. First, Dr. Rever will clean your tooth surface. An acidic gel will then be applied. Once the acidic gel is cleaned off, Dr. Rever will implement the composite resin, creating a strong, natural-looking finish. A special light will cure your new dental bond. Dr. Rever will then skillfully shape the material to match your existing teeth. Once completed, you will have a healthy, bright looking smile. Schedule a consultation online today.
Tooth Bonding: Frequently Asked Questions
Does the tooth bonding process hurt?
No, the tooth bonding process does not hurt. It is as quick and painless as getting a tooth filling, but with less displeasure. Sometimes this dental procedure does not even require local anesthesia or numbing of the mouth.
How often should I replace tooth bonding?
Tooth bonding material can last anywhere between 3 to about 10 years before needing to be touched up or replaced. It all depends on how much was used and other factors. It is by far not a permanent restoration and is not meant to be.
What if my tooth bonding was damaged?
It is uncommon for tooth bonding to chip or break, but it does happen. If you chipped or fractured your tooth bonding, we can repair it in a single visit. Do not attempt to reattach any bonding material that broke off. Chipping or breaking doesn’t occur as often with alternatives such as a dental crown or porcelain veneer.
Why do I need to get tooth bonding replaced every couple of years?
The composite material that tooth bonding is made of begins to wear down after a couple of years. You will have to get it touched up or redone to keep it looking good and natural. Remember, it is an economical solution to more permanent restorations.