Bonding is a procedure where we apply a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, shape it, allow it to harden and polish it. It can be used in certain situations where a tooth has been damaged or become stained. These are generally minor repairs that can be resolved through this relatively inexpensive means rather than through a more costly dental procedure.
Here’s How it Works
After confirming that composite bonding is the best technique to address your needs, Dr. Mark Griffiths will prepare the surface of your tooth for treatment. He will then apply layer after layer of the composite resin while shaping the area to achieve the proportions of your natural tooth. A special dental light is then utilized to harden the material, and the tooth surface is polished and buffed for a smooth finish.
This is not a process that is recommended if you are a smoker as smoke causes staining. Also, the material is not as durable as porcelain veneers and dental crowns so it chips more easily; eventually it may require replacing.
Bonding is a perfectly adequate and more affordable solution to certain dental problems. Dental bonding can take less time to accomplish and may not even require anesthesia. Depending upon the issue, insurance may cover it.
Please don’t procrastinate if you have a dental problem but are worried about the time, cost or pain involved. Perhaps dental bonding can offer you a solution. Give us a call at (619) 298-6257 so we can discuss options with you.