At Little Family Dentistry, in Bayonne, NJ, we are dedicated to restoring broken or decayed teeth to their original look and function. One of the least invasive ways is through composite bonding.
What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding uses tooth-colored resin to replace missing tooth structure, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, mend chipped or cracked teeth, close gaps between teeth and make teeth longer by changing the contour of the tooth. Bonding can be used as a cosmetic substitute to metal fillings or to protect a tooth's root where the gum has receded.
What Does the Bonding Entail?
Because the treatment does not require any lab work, the procedure is simple and completed in one to two dental appointments at our Bayonne office. The dentist begins by removing plaque from the tooth's surface. Then, the tooth is "etched" with an acidic solution that exposes the tiny pores found on the surface of the tooth. The solution is rinsed off and the composite material is mixed to match the shade of the tooth. Then, thin layers are painted on the tooth, filling in the same tiny pores to create a stronger bond. A curing light hardens the material. When the first layer is set, the procedure is repeated until the restoration has the necessary thickness to complete the treatment. The doctor shapes the bonding material with a drill, checks the bite and then polishes the tooth.
How Do I Care for My Newly Bonded Teeth?
Just like your regular teeth, bonded teeth should be brushed and flossed daily. Also, you should schedule a professional cleaning at our dental facility, Little Family Dentistry, twice a year. Patients need to remember that composite resin can stain, just like your natural teeth, so avoid smoking and drinking beverages that can cause stains. Once Composite bonding has been stained, it cannot be reversed. If you have considered getting a professional teeth whitening treatment, you should do so before bonding your other teeth. Once the shade is chosen and placed by the doctor, the procedure has to be redone to change the coloring. If you take care of your newly bonded teeth, they should look amazing for quite some time.
Suffer from problems that can be restored with a Composite Bonding treatment? Call Little Family Dentistry located in Bayonne, NJ, at (201) 273-9233 for a consultation.