Problems teeth bonding can solve
At Pennant Hills Dental Centre, we use dental bonding to solve a variety of issues patients may face with their teeth, whether cosmetic or medical. Below, you can find some of the common reasons we recommend bonding:
Repairing minor tooth decay: If you have a small cavity in your tooth, bonding is an option to plug the hole so more bacteria can’t enter and to restore the appearance of your tooth.
Repairing cracks or chips: While a small chip or crack in your tooth may not seem like a major issue, it can turn into one if ignored. Bonding can be a good way to repair tooth chips and cracks, by covering them up. This can restore your tooth’s structure and appearance and also stop further damage from occurring.
Disguising tooth discolouration: There can be many reasons teeth lose their natural pearly whiteness. Mostly, it’s because of age, lifestyle or damage to a tooth. Professional whitening can be a great way to solve this problem, but if you only have one tooth that is discoloured, bonding can be the perfect solution for matching your other teeth.
Closing gaps: Some people love a gap between their teeth (it’s always been on trend!), but some people don’t. And for those who don’t, bonding can be a great solution, for example, widening the appearance of your teeth with the composite resin to fill spaces between them.
Changing the length of teeth: Whether you have naturally short teeth or your teeth have been worn down over time, bonding can help. Your dentist can add composite resin to the end of your teeth to create a lengthened appearance.
Changing the shape of teeth: Bonding can be a great solution if you have one or more teeth that are oddly shaped and disrupt your smile. By changing the shape of one or more of your teeth with composite resin, you can achieve the appearance of an even smile.
Enamel restoration: In some cases, our dentists may use bonding for treating acute and advanced enamel loss. Applying composite resin to your exposed teeth can provide them with an extra layer of protection.
Dental bonding in Pennant Hills
The dental bonding process
Bonding is a relatively simple and quick procedure that usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes. During your consultation, your dentist will explain exactly what to expect when having dental bonding. However, here’s generally what you can expect your dental bonding appointment to look like:
Bonding requires minimal preparation. Firstly, you and your dentist will choose an appropriate resin colour that blends in well with your surrounding natural teeth. Then, your dentist will slightly roughen the surface of the tooth to help the composite resin bond to its surface.
Your dentist will then apply the resin before moulding and shaping it according to your objectives. The resin sets in little time, using ultraviolet light. Your dentist will then finish your bonding with a polish for a natural-looking and feeling finish.
Bonding doesn’t require much downtime at all. You can get back to your normal activities without delay! The composite resin used for bonding can be susceptible to cracking and chipping (like your natural teeth), so it’s important to be mindful when eating and chewing hard foods.