Here at Harper Dental, we understand that having a chipped or broken tooth can be difficult to live with. It can affect how comfortably you eat and can distract from your normal appearance. A damaged tooth can also cause damage to the soft tissue around its sharp edge, increasing the risk of infection.
Bonding works as a quick and easy way to fix this problem. Using a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic), we can restore the appearance and function of your tooth, without it costing as much as a crown or veneer. It is also an affordable solution for treating decayed or discolored teeth.
Reasons to Consider Bonding
Dental Veneers and dental crowns are often used to restore damaged teeth. They can, however, be quite costly a solution, depending on the severity of the damage. They also often require more than one visit and lab assistants to create parts.
Bonding is often the most affordable choice, with the results capable of lasting 5-10 years. All equipment and materials needed for the bonding procedure are present in our office, right beside you. There is also an effort made to ensure that the color of the composite resin matches as close as possible to your natural tooth color. This ensures that the result will be as uniformly natural a smile as possible.
Besides fixing damaged teeth, bonding is also used for common defects that affect alignments like small teeth and gaps. If you have a tooth that is shorter than its counterparts, or big gaps in between, bonding can be used to make up for those faults and create a full natural smile. It can also be utilized as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, and to cover exposed roots caused by gum recession.
Keep in mind however, that this treatment does not fix all kinds of cosmetic problems. Issues like overbite and underbite require a different strategy to create that full perfect smile. A proper consultation at our clinic will better advise you on which approach will prove effective.
How Bonding Works
Once you set up an appointment with us, our team will discuss treatment options with you. If bonding is the way to go, we will begin by selecting the composite resin that is as close as possible in color to your normal tooth by using a shade guide. With the right resin having been chosen, we move on to roughening the plane of the affected tooth. This helps in allowing the bonding material to adhere to.
A liquid that facilitates the bonding is then applied to the tooth before the composite resin. The resin, when being placed on the tooth, has a putty-like consistency. It is molded and shaped to the desired look. This is then hardened using an ultraviolet light. The results can still be further shaped after the resin has hardened.
All this can be comfortably done without the need of anesthesia, unless it is to cover a cavity, and can be completed within the course of a single visit. Simple bonding procedures can take less than an hour to complete. More than a single tooth may require subsequent visits.
If you are looking for a cost-effective way to restore your smile, then bonding may be just what you need. Book an appointment with us Harper Dental at (479) 431-0280 and we will help you find the right solution.
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