Dental bonding is a non-surgical dental procedure that involves the application of a tooth-colored resin composite material to improve the aesthetics of a tooth. You should consider dental bonding if you meet any of the criteria below:
- You have decayed teeth that require filling.
- You have chipped or broken teeth.
- Your teeth are severely stained or discolored.
- You have gaps between your teeth and are bothered by these gaps.
- You want your teeth to look longer.
- You are interested in altering the shape of your teeth.
- You have receding gums and want to protect your tooth’s root.
Richmond West Dental in Toronto, Ontario, provides dental bonding services to patients of all ages.
The White Composite Fillings Process
At Richmond West Dental, our dental bonding appointments typically last thirty minutes to an hour. Dental bonding doesn’t require anesthesia except in cases when we’re treating decayed teeth. For decayed teeth, a little more preparation is needed to clean and reshape the tooth in preparation for the filling. As such, anesthesia is used to reduce pain and discomfort. We also use anesthesia if we’re bonding a chip that’s very close to a nerve.
Before bonding, a tooth must be cleaned, roughened, and conditioned to enable the bonding material to adhere properly. After the initial preparation, the dentist will apply the putty-like tooth bonding material and smooth it to the desired shape. A special light is used to make the resin material harden faster. After hardening, the dentist trims and polishes it until it starts to resemble the rest of your teeth.
Caring For Your Teeth After White Composite Fillings
It’s essential to practice proper dental hygiene after dental bonding because this guarantees that you can enjoy your new teeth for a longer time. Avoid smoking, heavy drinking, and heavy caffeine intake as these habits will lead to staining of your dental bonding. Dental bonding is brittle when exposed to unfavorable conditions, so avoid eating hard foods or chewing your nails.
At Richmond West Dental in Toronto, Ontario, we advise patients who’ve had dental bonding to book regular dental cleanings as these can positively impact the lifespan of your