Dental bonding is a procedure in which tooth-colored, putty-like resin is applied to a natural tooth. This material is then hardened and acts as part of the tooth. Many times, dentists use this bonding process to perfect patients’ smiles. For example, if there are gaps between teeth, dental bonding can be used to fill in the gap. Or, if a tooth is chipped, resin is used to reform the tooth for a natural restoration. However, this procedure is not used solely for cosmetic purposes.
Dental bonding also plays a role in restoring function to teeth. Because patients are used to hearing about the cosmetic uses of dental bonding, we’ve written this blog to explain the two uses of this procedure: cosmetic uses and restorative uses.
Cosmetic Uses of Dental Bonding
The resin used in the bonding process is tooth colored and can be created to perfectly match the shade of your own teeth. It is also very easily molded for a natural look. These characteristics make bonding a great choice for small cosmetic fixes to your smile. This procedure has been used in dentistry to enhance the appearance of our patients’ pearly whites because it has a number of cosmetic functions including:
- Provide whiter teeth- the resin can be polished to provide a brighter and whiter shine to teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Elongate teeth- resin can be used to lengthen short, unattractive teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth- resin can be molded to restore the appearance of a damaged tooth
Restoring Teeth with Dental Bonding
There are cases in which dental bonding is used to restore oral health instead of just being used for aesthetic purposes. For example, dentists can use the resin to protect your teeth or gums. Sometimes, resin is used as a filling to strengthen a tooth that has been damaged by decay. Other times, resin can be used to protect the root of the tooth. When gums recede, it exposes the root of the tooth and this can lead to cavities. Resin is used to provide a protective layer over the root and keep bacteria away from the area.
At W. Eric Martin, D.D.S we offer composite resin to restore the appearance and function to your teeth. Both of our dentists are experienced in the process of dental bonding. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure or to schedule your appointment, visit us at W. Eric Martin, D.D.S or call us today at (217) 352-7077.
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