If you have a single chipped, cracked, or discolored tooth, there’s a quick cosmetic dentistry solution call tooth bonding that can most likely help you maintain your confidence in your smile without costing as much as a tooth implant or other more in-depth procedure
Tooth bonding is a procedure where we apply a tooth-colored composite resin to one or more of your teeth to repair the cracked, chipped, or discolored tooth/teeth. We usually only recommend this for individual teeth, because it lasts for about 10 years, and if it needs to be applied to multiple teeth, there may be a better, more permanent solution.
What is tooth bonding? How does it work?
Tooth bonding is a less complicated procedure to correct the damage received by a tooth that can be completed without anesthesia in just a single trip to our dental office in Keller, TX. During the procedure we use a composite material applied to the tooth, that is then shaped, hardened, and polished. Once it’s polished and matches your other teeth, you’re all set!
Our tooth bonding procedure can make your teeth look just like the others for up to 10 years without any issues. We do recommend getting it checked at your regular appointments and we’ll keep you up-to-date with each bi-yearly dental visit.
How to Prepare for Your Tooth Bonding Procedure
This is the easiest part of the procedure! Scheduling an appointment to have bonding applied to a tooth just requires calling or filling our our online contact form. Since there’s no anesthesia necessary unless we’re filling a cavity as well, you can just show up and feel like it’s practically a normal dental visit without stress or dental anxiety of what’s to come.
Why Should You Consider Tooth Bonding
Teeth bonding maybe the right option for you if you need to:
- Repair decayed teeth using composite resin to refill the cavity
- Repair a chipped or cracked tooth
- Improve the appearance of a currently discolored tooth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Make small teeth appear longer
- Change the shape of your tooth
- Replace ugly amalgam fillings
- Protect the root of your tooth
How We Perform the Procedure
Because this is probably the most easiest procedure we offer at Pickett Family Dental in Keller, we create a composite to match the color of your tooth, etch into the surface of the tooth that we’re applying the composite to, and coat it with a conditioning liquid to support the bonding process.
Once we apply the resin, we shape it to match the tooth that is the symmetrical opposite. After it’s shaped, we harden it using ultraviolet light and then polish it until it matches the rest of your teeth perfectly. The entire procedure takes 30 – 45 minutes, with more time if there’s multiple teeth being done.
How Long Does Teeth Bonding Last
This really depends on your personal oral habits, from what you eat, to chewing on your nails or other objects. The better you treat the tooth, the longer it will last. If you take proper care of it with healthy oral habits, the tooth boding should last up to 10 years.