Dental Bonding Serving Cincinnati, OH
Bonding is a dental technology that has been proven over many decades, and more common than you might think. Bonding involves use of a strong adhesive to join composite materials to a tooth, providing effective repairs for cracked, chipped or otherwise damaged teeth.
Bonding is also central to the treatment of cavities, repairing missing teeth and covering stained teeth. Crowns, veneers and bridges are all secured in the mouth using this same long-lasting dental adhesive. In addition, bonding can fill in cracks, make gaps between teeth less noticeable, smooth tooth edges, make teeth wider or more symmetrical, and even give slightly crooked teeth the appearance of being straighter.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding Benefits
Bonding is an inexpensive alternative to veneers, and has the added benefit of preserving all of the natural tooth. When a patient selects porcelain veneers, some of the tooth’s enamel is ground away to accommodate the veneer that will be attached to the tooth. With bonding, composite material is applied directly to the tooth surface and sculpted by a dentist to cover imperfections.
Because no part of the natural tooth is removed, bonding can be reversed at a later date. Many patients prefer the freedom to change their mind, as well as the convenience and cost-effectiveness of bonding. By contrast, veneers do last longer than bonded material.
How the Dental Bonding Process Works
The procedure itself is simple and fast. This is where the artistic skill of a dentist is as important as the precision of the technique. With an eye for balance and beauty, Dr. Pearce will ensure your dental bonding procedure is successful and satisfying.
When bonding is used to treat a cavity, Dr. Pearce typically applies a local anesthetic, although the procedure is so pain-free that sometimes even this modest step is not needed. Using a mild solution containing a low concentration of phosphoric acid, Dr. Pearce prepares the surface of the tooth and applies the bonding agent as a liquid.
Composite resin bonding material is added to the tooth meticulously, layer by layer. When it reaches sufficient volume, Dr. Pearce begins to mold it into the desired shape and size. The process is similar to the way a craftsman molds putty to achieve beautiful form and function. At each stage a curing light is used to heat the material, sealing the bond. The curing light is focused on the tooth after each layer is applied; the process is repeated until the restoration has achieved maximum strength and beauty. To finish, Dr. Pearce coats the tooth with a protective finish.
To learn more about dental bonding applications and options, schedule an appointment with experienced southwestern Ohio dentist Dr. Troy Pearce by contacting our Cincinnati office today.