Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure used to fix imperfections in your teeth. There are many reasons why you may need bonding and here at Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, we provide you with all the information you need to decide if this is your best option.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is used for a variety of reasons to restore a tooth and make it blend seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. Our dentist will carefully evaluate your case and recommend bonding depending on the damage to the tooth, your age, and the general condition of your oral health.
Bonding is considered a cosmetic procedure, but it can also be used to protect teeth from further damage in younger patients.
Why Do I Need Bonding?
Dental bonding can be used in many different situations including:
Dental bonding is not an alternative in every one of these cases, and not all patients are candidates for the procedure. In general, you need to have healthy teeth and gums to be eligible to get bonding.
How is Bonding Done?
Dental bonding is one of the most straightforward procedures because it requires little to no preparation. Sometimes we can perform immediately after a diagnosis, which saves our patients another visit to our office. Bonding doesn’t even need local anesthesia unless the patient has dental anxiety, but in general, we can do the procedure without any numbing. The only time we will use anesthesia for bonding is when we are filling a cavity or when the nerve is exposed.
To prepare the tooth for bonding, our dentist will get the surface ready so he can add the material. Most of the time we will use a tooth-colored resin material to match the rest of your natural teeth. Once the mixture is prepared, our dentist will apply it, and then it gets shaped and molded to blend in with your other teeth.
After the shaping is complete, we use a laser to harden the material permanently. Once this is done, we will reshape the tooth as needed until we are satisfied that it looks like any of your other teeth. The last step is polishing to give it the shine of natural teeth. You can expect this process to last anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
Some of the most critical advantages of doing dental bonding that it’s quick, less expensive, and relatively painless. There is no anesthesia involved, which makes it a more comfortable process for the patient.
One of the most significant disadvantages of bonding is that the material is frailer and less resistant to stains than other options such as veneers or crowns. Bonding doesn’t last as long as other procedures, and you may need to come back if the surface chips or cracks.
If you are not sure about whether dental bonding is an excellent choice for you, please call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060.
Michael Bleyzer, DDS
14 Thiells Mt. Ivy Road
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway
Additional hours may be available by appointment
Serving entire Rockland County New York: Pomona, Suffern, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, North Rockland Towns of Thiells, Stony Point, Garnerville, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw, and Tomkins Cove.