We offer several 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 cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth due to decay. Dr. David Rever has over 30 years of experience in cosmetic dentistry. He commits to restoring every smile in Silver Spring, Maryland.
What is Tooth Bonding?
Dental bonding consists 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 provide the same results but have 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. We can shape the material to help the results blend in with your smile better. 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 bonding cures, we sculpt and mold the tooth into a natural shape. Finally, your dentist will polish the tooth for a lifelike look. The entire procedure takes just a single visit. You can return to your daily life and use the tooth 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 result from 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 fixes chipped teeth and 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. Then, he will apply an acidic gel to prepare the tooth.
Dr. Rever will place the composite resin on the tooth, creating a strong and natural-looking finish. Then, Dr. Rever will skillfully shape the material to match your existing teeth. A special light will cure your new dental bond. Once complete, you will have a healthy and 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 can last between three to ten years before you need a touch-up or replacement. It all depends on how much we use and other factors. It is not a permanent restoration.
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 rarely occurs with alternatives such as a dental crown or porcelain veneer. Learn more about dental crowns.
Why do I need to get tooth bonding replaced every couple of years?
The composite material that tooth bonding consists of begins to wear down after a few years. You will have to get touch-ups to keep it looking good. Remember, it is an economical option for more permanent restorations.