First, acid etch will be gently applied to the surface of the damaged tooth which will roughen the surface to assist the bonding material to stay in the right place. After applying acid etch, a bonding agent is applied in liquid form, then the bonding material will be applied on the damaged tooth surface and formed into the proper shape. The bonding material will then be hardened and set with the use of a special light. Lastly, the composite material is adjusted and polished for a smooth finish.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
Just like all of the procedures and methods, bonding also has its advantages and disadvantages. For one, let’s talk about the costs. The average cost per tooth with Dental bonding ranges from $200 to $600. Also, the procedure is quite speedy. Dental bonding only requires one session. The entire bonding procedure per tooth can be done in only 30 to 60 minutes. Compared to crowns and veneers, dental bonding is less painful and less costly. The procedure doesn’t even require anesthesia, except if the procedure’s goal is to fill a decayed tooth.
On the other hand, there are downsides to bonding that you must know ahead. For one, the bonding material can become stained. Unlike the expensive crowns and veneers, the dental bonding material is prone to discoloration over time. Some of the causes of dental material discoloration are cigarette smoke, coffee, wine and tea; so it is advised to avoid them for 24 to 48 hours after the dental bonding procedure. Understandably, materials used in dental bonding aren’t as durable and long-lasting when compared to the expensive crown and veneer procedures. The dental bonding material can easily break if not taken care of properly.
When Dental Bonding is a Good Choice
If a dental problem such as a broken or chipped tooth, a gap between your teeth or stained tooth is just a small issue to you, then bonding may be the right choice. Dental bonding can also be performed to reshape or re-contour teeth.
Maintenance of Dental Bonding
Since dental bonding material is prone to breaking or staining, it is very important to take good care of the tooth or teeth after the procedure. For one, avoid or minimize the intake of coffee, tea or wine because it can cause discoloration of the dental material used. Smokers should quit as well because smoking can also cause discoloration, it can also cause gum disease and even oral cancer. Avoid biting nails and chewing on hard objects or food to avoid breakage of the dental bonding material. Most importantly, keep your hygiene appointments for maintenance and call or visit your dentist when you notice something unusual when you eat or when biting.
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