Dental Bonding: Things You Should Know About the Procedure

Dental Bonding: Things You Should Know About the Procedure
Smiles On Hickman

Smiles On Hickman


Many of us desire to achieve the smile of our dreams. Sometimes, a smile imperfection may make you feel uncomfortable about the appearance of your teeth or gums. In such situations, a cosmetic dental procedure like dental bonding can provide a viable, affordable treatment. Dental bonding can correct many minor tooth defects and give you the self-confidence to show off those pearly whites. 
Read on to learn about the dental bonding process.

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin to one or several of your teeth to repair tooth damage. The procedure is termed bonding because the material bonds to the tooth and effectively restores the appearance of your teeth. It's a relatively painless and straightforward procedure that can be done in a single visit.

What is Dental Bonding Used for?

Dental bonding has many applications. It can be used to address:

  • Tooth decay (using composite resins)
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Length and shape of a tooth
  • Replace amalgam fillings
  • Gum recession

How is Dental Bonding Done?

In the procedure, a tooth-colored composite resin is made to adhere to a tooth that's broken, chipped, or decayed. The resin is then hardened and set through a special light. Finally, the resin is buffed and polished to the preferred shape and finish.

  • Preparation- Dental bonding involves very little preparation. Anesthesia is only used when bonding is done to fill a decayed tooth, drill a tooth to modify its shape, or when the chip is close to the nerve. Your dentist will consult a shade guide to select a composite resin color that matches your natural tooth color.
  • The Bonding Process- The next step will include scrubbing of the tooth surface and the application of a conditioning liquid over the tooth. This will help the bonding material to cling to the tooth. A putty-like resin that resembles your natural tooth color is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape.

    Your dentist will use a bright, usually blue light, or laser to harden the material. Once this material hardens, it will be further trimmed, shaped, and polished to match the shine of the remaining tooth surface.

  • Completion- Dental bonding usually requires about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete the procedure.

    If you notice a crack or stain on any of your teeth, call us today to set up an appointment with us.

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Smiles On Hickman

Smiles On Hickman

Smiles on Hickman is a family dental practice located in Des Moines, IA. We are committed to providing the best, personalized dental care solutions to patients and their families. Our well-trained and experienced team of dentist in Des Moines,IA ensures that our patients feel comfortable during their visit with us. We use advanced dental techniques that enable us to provide quality care in the fields of cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, sedation dentistry, oral surgery, and more. We strive to form long-lasting bonds with all our patients and offer them a lifetime of healthy smiles.