Many people have heard of the dental term “bonding” but are not exactly sure of its meaning. Simply put, bonding is when tooth colored materials are bonded to the tooth surface. A variety of colored resins are mixed to match the exact shade of your tooth. The resin is applied to your tooth and shaped precisely. Then either a chemical or light process is used to harden the resin in place.
Bonding of Teeth is Appropriate in Certain Situations
Patients often ask when bonding is appropriate. It is a great option if you have a small cavity or a slightly chipped tooth. The bonding procedure can be used to fill the tooth. It is also useful to hide or cover stains on teeth that do not respond to whitening treatments. This type of dental work is important because cracked or chipped teeth can be a serious hazard. Chipped teeth are prone to decay since it is difficult to completely clean their jagged areas.
After a tooth is bonded, it is essential to diligently practice good oral habits. Bonded teeth need to be treated with a bit of extra care. Continue to brush and floss regularly, but also give yourself a little extra time to make sure the bonded area is completely cleaned. This will ensure the newly bonded tooth will continue to look great and function optimally.
After the bonding material is strong and firmly in place on your tooth, make sure to see your dentist as usual. Regular checkups will alert the dentist to any premature wear or other issues. A weak tooth, whether bonded or not, can be detrimental to the health of the entire mouth.
To avoid cavities around the bonded area it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene. Products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance are a great option because they meet the ADA’s standards for effectiveness and safety.
For any questions about bonding procedures or any other dental concerns, please contact the office of Dr. Scott Malik at 847-724-1771 or visit his website at scottmalikdds.com. Dr. Malik and his professional staff have been serving the Glenview area and keeping teeth healthy for many years. Bonding might be just what you need to keep or repair that glorious smile!