What Is Dental Bonding?
Our teeth are important and need to be taken care of and protected. However, life happens and sometimes tooth damage may occur. Chips, discoloration caused by caffeine or smoking, gum damage, these are all things that can change the look of a person’s teeth.
However, they are also all things that can be fixed by dental bonding. Dental bonding involves applying resin the same shade as your teeth to cover up imperfections and restore natural appearance.
How We Can Help You
Patients in the Burke, Virginia can count on the staff at Burke Dental to give them the very best service. We want our patients to have healthy teeth, but also to feel confident about themselves and their teeth. This is why Burke Dental is happy to offer procedures such as dental bonding because we know that patients need to feel good about their teeth. Our highly trained staff, led by Dr. James Willis, offer high-quality service meant to deliver healthy teeth and a confident smile.
Dr. James Willis and his team are thorough, friendly, genuine and very professional… I highly recommend this practice to someone looking for a great dental team. Burke Dental is your place!Jacqueline
My family and I have been very happy with Dr. Willis as our new family dentist. We had been with Dr. Brigleb for many years, and with his recommendation, we stayed with this practice. Dr. Willis is a very caring and concerned person, with your dental health foremost in his mindCharlene
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Not only do chipped teeth look unattractive, but they can also impede your oral health. Once a tooth has become chipped or damaged, it can be susceptible to further damage. Tooth bonding can help repair the damage and protect the tooth. For patients with minor tooth damage such as chips or imperfections such as large gaps, dental bonding is an ideal solution. There are many situations in which dental bonding can help.
- Dental Bonding is a simple procedure. Unlike many dental procedures, dental bonding does not take multiple visits or mean a long appointment at the dentist’s office. It’s a quick, easy procedure that has long-lasting results.
- Dental Bonding can help stop gum damage. Dental bonding can be used to cover up exposed root surfaces caused by receding gums. Having exposed root surfaces can put a patient at risk of further damage, but dental bonding can protect the root and help stop further exposure.
- Dental Bonding helps strengthen damaged teeth. Cracks or chips can weaken a tooth, so it’s important to fix any damage immediately before further damage occurs.
- Dental Bonding helps improve imperfections. In addition to fixing cracks and chips, dental bonding can also be used to lengthen teeth, remove discoloration, and remove gaps between teeth.
- Dental Bonding can repair decayed teeth. Dental bonding can be used to fill cavities. The composite resin creates a covalent bond to your tooth and conserves more natural healthy tooth structure than the old metal fillings that used to be common. The resin is applied over the damaged part of the tooth and protects it from further damage.
Dental bonding has many benefits, both practical and cosmetic. Patients who choose dental bonding can be assured of healthier, stronger teeth and a blemish-free, natural-looking smile. Dental bonding is one of the most routine dental procedures and one that can drastically improve the quality of a patient’s day-to-day life.
Types of Dental Bonding
For patients in the Burke, Virginia area considering dental bonding Burke Dental offers two types, traditional resin-based composite and porcelain. A consultation with Dr. Willis and the team at Burke Dental is the best way to figure out which is the right one for you, but there advantages to both, depending on a patient’s individual needs.
- Resin-Based Composite Bonding is the most common type of tooth bonding and the one that we will recommend most of the time. Resin bonding can be mixed to mimic your tooth color. It is also very durable and will restore the appearance and functionality of your teeth. Resin-based tooth bonding can last for many years without issue, giving patient’s peace of mind and healthy teeth.
- Porcelain tooth bonding is less common than Resin-Based Composite and is mostly used to repair front teeth because it is less susceptible to discoloration. Porcelain bonding is not recommended for small chips, because it cannot be blended to the natural tooth as easily as resin. Instead, porcelain is best when the slightly more tooth has to be restored.
Deciding if Dental Bonding Is the Right Choice
Dental bonding is not the right choice for every patient. Dental bonding is meant to repair minor damage. Dental bonding can lessen the gap between teeth, but it cannot fix an overbite or an underbite. Similarly, dental bonding is the quickest solution for repairing cracks and damaged teeth, but if the damage is too severe, other options must be considered. If a patient has minor imperfections or damage to their teeth, dental bonding is probably the best choice, but for anything more serious, the team at Burke Dental will likely recommend other options.
Dental bonding is a quick, easy procedure that helps fix minor tooth damage and imperfections. It is the fastest and easiest way to deal with minor tooth issues and can restore the appearance and functionality of teeth in just one trip to the dental office.
For patients considering dental bonding, the first step is to make an appointment with our office for a consultation. Dr. Willis and the team at Burke Dental will examine the patient and assess whether dental bonding is the right choice. Depending on the scope of the damage, other procedures such as crowns or veneers might be recommended instead.
What to Expect
Dental bonding is one of the most routine procedures available. To begin with, our team will numb the area around the tooth so that the patient doesn’t feel any pain during the procedure. Then, Dr. Willis will prepare the tooth, which may involve removing some of the enamel to create an optimal working area.
Once the surface is ready, the bonding agent will be applied and the resin will be put in place and smoothed into the proper shape and contour. An ultraviolet light be used to harden the resin and then we will trim the resin and polish it until it resembles the rest of the patient’s teeth. This procedure usually only takes less than an hour.
Because dental bonding is such a routine procedure, it has a very routine recovery process. The biggest part of the recovery is waiting for the numbing agent to wear off and once that happens, usually within a few hours, the patient should feel perfectly normal. There may be a bit of an odd sensation or slight temperature sensitivity as you get accustomed to the new feel of your teeth, but there should be no lingering pain or discomfort and the patient will be able to resume their normal activities in no time at all.
Why You Should Consider Tooth Bonding
Cracked or chipped teeth are an unsightly inconvenience that can lead to more serious dental problems if left untreated. An imperfect tooth can also make a person feel self-conscious about their smile and dental bonding can solve that by fixing the imperfections. Dental bonding looks natural, so there is no differentiating between the bonded tooth and the rest of your teeth. Dental bonding gives patients healthy teeth and peace of mind.
Let’s Chat! Contact Burke Dental Today!
Anyone in the Burke, Virginia area with a chipped or cracked tooth, or worries about a gap between teeth or tooth discoloration, should contact our office for a consultation. Our highly qualified team will be able to sit down with you and assess your teeth and recommend if dental bonding is the right treatment option. You can book an appointment online or by calling 703-978-6000.
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