If the patient’s teeth are decayed and yellowing, our dentists will select the correct shade for their bonding material. Our dentists may use a mild anesthetic to bond the teeth in question. The tooth is prepared for bonding by having its surface roughened and a layer of conditioner applied. The appropriately-colored resin is then applied and molded into the desired shape. Finally, UV light (or in some cases, a laser) is used to harden the fresh tooth surface. This procedure is completed with by a final shaping and polishing.
Unlike veneers and crowns, bonding is an in-office procedure that typically takes between half an hour and an hour, per tooth, to complete. The techniques used at our office are all enamel-friendly. However, the material used is not as durable as veneers, fillings or crowns. For this reason, our dentists consult with each patient to discuss their specific situation, their expectations before treatment, and which treatment plan would be best for the patient.
Special care is not usually required for bonded teeth. Regular brushing and flossing may be continued as normal. However, if the bonding happens to chip, or the patient feels an abnormal pressure or sensation when biting down, the patient should contact Mesa Dental immediately. These occurrences can normally be corrected with ease.
The materials used when bonding teeth can typically last between three and ten years, depending on the material used and the patient’s oral habits. The bonding has to be retouched or replaced when appropriate, so it is checked by our dentists with each regular visit made by the patient to our San Diego office.