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Tooth Colored Bonding

Tooth Colored Bonding is a procedure that reshapes the natural tooth using tooth-colored composite material. Similar to a tooth colored filling, bonding allows you to:

  1. To repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
  2. To repair chipped or cracked teeth
  3. To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  4. To close spaces between teeth
  5. To make teeth look longer
  6. To change the shape of teeth
  7. As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
  8. To protect a portion of the tooth is root that has been exposed when gums recede

What is the Procedure for Having a Tooth Bonded?

  1. Preparation - Little advance preparation is needed for dental bonding. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth, the tooth needs to be drilled to change its shape, or the chip is near the nerve. Your dentist will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth.
  2. The bonding process - Next, the surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid applied. These procedures help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, putty-like resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. A bright, usually blue, light, or laser is then used to harden the material. After the material is hardened, your dentist will further trim and shape it, and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
  3. After the procedure, the doctor will inform you with care and maintenance instructions for the new bond. By following these consistent hygiene practices, you will aid the life of the bond.

To find out whether or not bonding is right for your smile, please contact at Gums and Smiles Family Dental in Leander, Texas 78641 to schedule an appointment.