Have you recently chipped your tooth? Do you have a gap between your front teeth?
Chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and minor cosmetic imperfections can be addressed with tooth bonding. This cosmetic dental service is a relatively simple procedure performed in our Westborough dental office. Dr. Patel can repair tooth damage, restore your smile, or enhance your appearance with tooth bonding. The composite resin is color-matched with your overall appearance and also protects the integrity of your tooth structure.
Tooth Bonding in Westborough, MA
Tooth bonding is an economical alternative to dental veneers and other complex restorative or cosmetic treatments. It is often the perfect solution for younger patients and those who prefer to makeover their smiles without the cost and time commitment of veneers. It is commonly recommended to address:
- Discolored teeth: Tooth bonding can cover deep stains on individual teeth. This is for patients that don’t need a full teeth whitening procedure.
- Damaged teeth: We can repair chips and cracks in your teeth in as little as a single visit.
- Worn teeth: If you grind your teeth, chances are they have worn down. This can make chewing foods more difficult, and affect your smile.
- Gaps between teeth: A gap between your two front teeth can be holding you back. Fix it with dental bonding.
- Misshapen teeth: Everyone is unique. Teeth that are misshapen can benefit from a quick bonding procedure.
How Does Tooth Bonding Work?
Tooth bonding is the application of a composite resin material to the surface of a tooth. It is cured and sealed using laser-generated heat energy, and sets immediately. Our team has the experience and artistic eye for balanced aesthetics. We will provide you with results that not only look natural and complement your smile but are functional as well. An experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Patel will gently sculpt the composite into place and works with you to ensure your bite is comfortable and functions naturally.
With proper dental care and good oral hygiene, tooth bonding can last for up to 10 years- sometimes longer. The location of the bonding, the severity of tooth damage, and lifestyle habits will impact the length of your results. Touch-ups can address minor damage to the bonded material.
Tooth Bonding Process
The tooth bonding procedure is similar in many ways to a dental filling. First, our team will clean the area thoroughly before any treatment. Then we will apply a numbing agent, or use the Wand (oral sedation equipment) to anesthetize the area to be treated without using needles! Next, we will give the numbing agent time to take effect. Once the area is fully numb, one of our dentists will begin preparing the surface area by etching the enamel. This creates a rough surface for the composite material to grab onto. We will place and sculpt the composite material to predetermined specifications.
After gently sculpting into place, we will work with you to adjust the bonding material and create proper bite alignment. Once complete, the material is hardened in place and then polished for a smooth texture and natural appearance. After the procedure, please wait at least one hour to eat anything. This allows the numbing solution to fully dissipate and prevents you from accidentally biting your tongue or cheek.
Tooth Bonding FAQs
Is tooth bonding the best option for gaps between teeth?
Teeth bonding is just one of many effective options for closing gaps between teeth. There are many factors that differentiate your options. Effectiveness really depends on the unique issue, location in your mouth, and budget preferences. Tooth bonding is one of the more short-term and economically-friendly options but is not as permanent as dental veneers for example.
Is tooth bonding as strong as tooth enamel?
Tooth bonding is very strong, but may not be as strong as tooth enamel. You should refrain from using your teeth to open things if you have tooth bonding. It can be damaged more easily than tooth bonding. Even chewing on ice can chip away your tooth bonding material.
How can I fix a cracked tooth myself?
You can not safely and effectively fix a cracked or chipped tooth yourself. We do not recommend that you attempt this without a dentist. You can potentially harm your tooth and further damage it. Visit your dentist for recommendations if you are not sure how to proceed.
Schedule A Tooth Bonding Procedure Today
Do you think you can benefit from this cosmetic dental procedure? Request a worry-free consultation with Dr. Patel today by calling us at 508.342.1519 or request an appointment online today.