Things can happen over the course of your life that can affect your smile. Tooth decay might set in, your teeth may become cracked, chipped or discolored, roots can become exposed or a filling may need to be replaced. At Paul Hanna, DMD PC, we offer dental bonding to restore your smile.
Dental bonding is one of simpler restorative processes. Dr. Hanna will attach materials directly to your tooth that will improve the color and shape of the tooth. After the bond is attached, the materials and the natural enamel of your tooth are fused together to create a stronger tooth.
Dr. Hanna will use a shade guide to find a bonding color that matches the color of your tooth to use for the resin. The tooth will be roughened and will get a conditioning liquid to help the bond stick to the tooth. After the resin is applied, it is molded into the right shape, and a special light is used to bond the resin to the tooth. The procedure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and usually doesn’t require anesthesia unless a cavity is being filled. Bonding is most often used to repair chipped teeth. It is easier to apply then crowns or other types of tooth covers, and can be done in one visit. Teeth that have been bonded don’t require any special dental care, and the bond will last anywhere from three to ten years.
You should be aware that bonding material is not as stain-resistant as a crown, and bonds are not as durable as fillings, crowns or veneers. Bonds can at times, break or chip.
To find out if tooth bonding is right for your situation, we invite you to come in to Paul Hanna, DMD PC in New London, Connecticut and talk with us about bonding and other cosmetic options. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 860-442-3323.