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Bonding


Simi Valley, CA College Girl Laughing over her shoulderDental bonding is a very simple dental cosmetic procedure to cover up or repair minor dental problems. Unlike veneers, which are made in a dental lab, the bonding material is applied directly to the tooth, where it bonds to the surface. This procedure only takes a single visit.

Uses of Dental Bonding


Bonding is one of the least expensive types of cosmetic dental procedures. Composite resin matched to the color of your teeth is used for the treatment. Most often, bonding treatment is used to correct the color of yellowing, grey, or discolored teeth. It can also be used to restore minor chips, close spaces between the teeth, make teeth appear longer, or fix their shape.

Sometimes, bonding material may also be used to fill minor cavities or to cover the exposed portions of the tooth root.

The best thing about bonding is that the procedure does not typically require any anesthesia.

The Bonding Procedure


At Simi Hills Dental, Dr. Stout will apply a mild phosphoric acid to the tooth to etch its surface to ensure the bonding material sticks well. This process is not painful.

We will then apply a rough, tooth-colored, putty-like resin to the surface of the tooth. The bonding material is then shaped, molded, trimmed, and buffed until it assumes the perfect shape for your tooth. Ultraviolet light is used to harden or cure the bonding material to your tooth. We will then once again trim off any excess material after the curing.

The entire process takes about 30 minutes to one hour to complete. If you have several teeth that need to be fixed, it may take several sessions.

Benefits of Dental Bonding


Bonding involves several advantages:
•  Bonding is the simplest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedure.
•  The entire procedure is typically finished within one hour and requires only a single visit.
•  It is a non-invasive procedure and requires only a minimal amount of enamel removal to bond the material.
•  Anesthesia is not necessary unless the bonding material is being used to fill up a decayed tooth.

Disadvantages of Dental Bonding


There are some limitations associated with dental bonding as well:
•  The bonding material is stain-resistant but not as much as the material used in other dental restorations. Dark-colored liquid can stain the bonding. To minimize the risk of this, do not consume red wine, coffee, or tea for 48 hours after the procedure. Bonding material can also turn yellow from cigarette smoke.
•  Bonding works best in areas that are subject to low bite pressure, like your front teeth.
•  The bonding material is not as strong or durable as porcelain and is liable to chip. Biting your nails or crunching on ice can cause the material to erode quickly. As a result, it does not last for much more than seven years.

To make sure your bonding lasts for a long time, you need to brush twice a day and floss every day, as well as keep all your checkup appointments. To schedule an appointment, call us at (805) 317-4999 today.
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