In dental bonding, a tooth-colored resin composite material is applied to improve tooth appearance without surgery. Any of the following is a good reason to consider dental bonding:
- Your teeth are decayed and need to be filled.
- One or more of your teeth has been chipped or broken.
- There is severe staining or discoloration on your teeth.
- Your teeth have gaps between them, which bothers you.
- You want your teeth to appear longer.
- You want to change the shape of your teeth.
- You have receding gums, and want to protect your tooth’s roots.
The Richmond West Dental clinic in Toronto, Ontario, specializes in dental bonding for patients of all ages.
The White Composite Fillings Process
Our dental bonding appointments at Richmond West Dental usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Except for the cases when we are treating decayed teeth, dental bonding doesn’t require anesthesia. In order to prepare the tooth for a filling, decayed teeth need a little extra preparation. Therefore, anesthesia is used to alleviate pain and discomfort. Occasionally anesthesia is required if we’re bonding a chip next to a nerve.
To make sure that the bonding material adheres properly, teeth must be cleaned, roughened, and conditioned prior to bonding. Afterward, the dentist will apply a putty-like oral bonding material and smooth it so that it takes on the desired shape. In order to make the resin material harden faster, a special light is used. After hardening, your dentist polishes and trims it until it begins to resemble your other teeth.
Caring For Your Teeth After White Composite Fillings
Maintaining proper dental hygiene after dental bonding is crucial to ensure that you can enjoy your new teeth for a long time. To prevent dental bonding from staining, do not smoke, drink excessively, or take in lots of caffeine. If you eat hard food or chew your nails, your dental bonding will become brittle.
Those who have had dental bonding at Richmond West Dental in Toronto, Ontario, are encouraged to schedule regular dental cleanings to extend the life of their dental bonding. Click here to book an appointment online.