Have you heard about composite bonding before? It’s not something that usually comes up in common conversation unless you’re standing in a room full of dentists making small talk. Even then, it probably isn’t even their go-to conversation starter. Composite bonding is such a simple, pain-free procedure it often gets forgotten about or overlooked by patients when in reality it can be used for SO many small, everyday fixes. Here are 6 often overlooked problems we often face with our teeth that a simple in-and-out composite bonding procedure can fix:
#1 Gaps in Teeth
Thanks to composite resin’s ability to build upon itself in thin layers. It can be used to fill small gaps between the two front teeth and even teeth on the sides of the mouth as well if needed. Braces can sometimes be avoided completely with the use of composite bonding!
#2 Slightly Crooked Teeth
Again, braces can be avoided with some composite resin when just some slight crookedness is present. Call Dr. Addario to have him take a look and see if composite bonding could be the solution for you or your child’s slight crookedness.
#3 Chips or Cracks in Teeth
Small chips and hairline cracks can sometimes be repaired easily with composite resin. When chips are large or cracks reach the root, more serious dental work may be needed.
#4 Staining and Discoloration
Composite bonding can be used to cover staining or discoloration. But it also stains easier than your natural tooth so you will have to be cautious in the future so that it does not become stained again.
#5 Exposed Tooth Root
Patients with exposed tooth roots due to receding gums may benefit from bonding because it covers the roots and prevents heightened sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
#6 Misshaped Tooth
Composite bonding can be used to reshape a misshapen tooth.
What is the Process for Composite Tooth Bonding?
Teeth bonding is an easy, painless, anesthesia-free procedure. That is unless you have a chipped or cracked tooth or need a cavity filled as well. First, Dr. Addatio will choose a composite resin that matches your natural tooth color. Then, he will prepare to bond the composite resin to your existing tooth by creating a rough surface to apply the bonding agent. The rough surface makes it easier for the liquid and the composite to stick. Then he adds the composite resin to the area and molds it to repair the damage. Everything then dries with a UV light. And you’re all finished!
How To Take Care of Your Bonded Tooth?
Your natural teeth and enamel are the strongest and nothing will compare to those. So anytime you have dental work done you need to take a little extra precaution in taking care of your teeth. Always avoid chewing on hard substances like ice, pen caps, hard candy, popcorn, etc. The composite also stains easier than your natural tooth so be mindful about things like coffee and red wine in large doses.