Modern dentistry is amazing! At Steven Leach Dental in Decatur, AL, we’re quite proud of what our professional staff can accomplish for our patients. One of the simplest and least expensive ways to repair broken or decayed teeth is with dental bonding.
Dr. Leach uses material called “composite resins” to repair a variety of dental damage and defects (chips, discoloration, spacing). The resins are matched to the color of your teeth. They’re composed of a chemically strong mixture of plastic and glass. This material becomes one with your teeth (i.e. bonded).
Composite resins, in the hands of a skilled expert like Dr. Leach, can be used to create truly lifelike results – it may be impossible to distinguish the bonded tooth from its neighbors. Though bonding doesn’t last as long as a dental veneer, it also eliminated the added expense and time of a dental laboratory. More often than not, it can be done without drilling of the tooth. It’s a particularly good solution for teens, who often need to wait until their teeth have finished maturing before choosing a more permanent type of dental restoration.
At Steven Leach Dental, tooth bonding can usually be accomplished in one office visit. Again, without the expense and time of a lab, the whole process can often be completed in under an hour. The process is fairly straightforward:
Just like the rest of your teeth, bonded teeth should be brushed and flossed daily, and professionally cleaned at Steven Leach Dental twice per year, The most important thing about caring for your bonded tooth is to remember that composite resin can absorb stain, just like natural teeth. So, you should try to avoid smoking, red wine, coffee and tea to the extent possible. Also, while composite can darken, it cannot be lightened. If you are thinking about having your teeth whitened, it should be done before your tooth is bonded so that a composite can be matched to the lighter color of your whitened teeth. If you whiten your teeth after bonding, the bonded tooth may no longer match. Finally, try not to bite your nails, hold writing implements in your mouth, or use your teeth in other ways that could put excessive force on the bonding material and chip it. With proper care, a bonded tooth should stay beautiful for 3 to 10 years.