Dental bonding is typically used when a tooth has sustained a small amount of damage. Generally, a resin is placed in the affected area, shaped to the tooth, and hardened using an ultraviolet light. Dental bonding is a great an effective way to restore a tooth and give damaged teeth a natural look.
Dental bonding cannot be used in every circumstance, and often times it is not possible to repair teeth that have been damaged by poor dental hygiene or serious physical damage. However, in cases where dental bonding is usable it can improve the look of teeth and help prevent against further damage.
Uses for Dental Bonding
The most common and well-known use for dental bonding is filling cavities. Cavities occur when bacteria have eaten some of the tooth and left a hole. The damage from cavities can range from minor to severe, depending on the time it has been left unchecked. By filling a cavity with dental bonding, pain from the cavity can subside and the tooth will be once again protected from decay.
Another benefit of using dental bonding for a cavity is increasing dental hygiene. Sometimes a cavity makes it hard to get the bacteria inside of the hole because a normal toothbrush is not effective at reaching into tight spaces. By getting the cavity filled, you will be able to clean your teeth more effectively.
Another common use for dental bonding is repairing chipped or cracked teeth. Occasionally, it is possible to perform a complete repair of a tooth by the use of dental bonding alone. Some factors play into whether this will be possible to do or not. Some of those factors include the size and depth of the chip or crack as well as the how the tooth is damaged.
In some cases, dental bonding can be effective for changing the shape of the teeth. This can be done cosmetically, but it is more common to use this method to improve a person's bite. Uneven bites can cause many jaw problems. Give us a call and we will be happy to answer any more questions about dental bonding.
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