Many people agree that a smile is often one of the first physical characteristics that you notice about a person. With dental bonding you can improve, protect and achieve that coveted, perfect smile.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a durable plastic material, called resin, is applied to and bonded to a tooth to adjust the size of the tooth or fill a void. The resin material is hardened using a special light source. The procedure is often necessary to fix the appearance, shape and surface of a tooth that may be fractured, broken or chipped, as preventative maintenance or for other cosmetic purposes. The ability of the resin bonding material to be used in a variety of ways makes it very effective in fixing a multitude of aesthetic and preventative teeth issues.
When is Emergency Dental Bonding Necessary?
While dental bonding procedures are rarely classified as an emergency, they can certainly be of an urgent nature depending on whether any previous bonding materials were displaced, if a broken tooth necessitates quick attention or if there is associated pain from exposed nerves or a receding gum line. The most common situations where emergency bonding services may be necessary is when old bonding falls out and exposes a weak or misshapen tooth or a particularly sensitive area of the mouth. Your dentist may also make a recommendation when bonding may help improve your smile by closing any gaps, evening the length of adjacent teeth or to assist in decay prevention.
However, anytime that existing bonding materials accidentally fall out, become severely discolored or compromised, our team will make an effort to bring you into our office as quick as possible for a consultation. Although bonding materials don’t last forever, many bonding procedures can quickly be done in the office between 30-60 minutes, depending on the amount of bonding and amount of teeth involved.
The Emergency Dental Bonding Process
The emergency bonding procedure is pretty straight-forward and will be similar to any original bonding appointment you may have had. First, any previous bonding materials may need to be removed if they were partially displaced. Then, the bonding process itself starts with roughening the surface of the tooth so that the bonding adhesive and resin material will have a surface to stick to. After roughening, a conditioning liquid is applied to the tooth and then the putty form of the resin is applied. After application, the material is molded and smoothed according to the purpose of the procedure and then an ultraviolet light is applied to harden the resin. After the bonding material is hardened your dentist will then trim the shape and polish the bonding to better match the nearby teeth.
Following a bonding procedure you should take care to avoid food and beverages that can stain the bonding resin during the first 48 hours such as tea, coffee, cigarettes and wine. Although these products will contribute to discoloration over time, it is more important to avoid them immediately after the bonding material is applied. You can further protect bonding material by not chewing on hard candies, ice or biting into other hard substances. Then, make sure that you continue with your twice yearly dental appointments and to follow any maintenance and care directions provided by your dentist.