A chipped or cracked tooth can feel like the end of the world. Even as adults, people are deeply self-conscious about their appearances, and the teeth and smiles are one of the greatest causes of concern. Although chipping a tooth usually has no adverse health side effects, we at Lee Family Dental Care understand that almost everyone wants a whole smile to look and feel great. We, therefore, offer high-quality dental bonding in Worcester, MA, to help create complete smiles using the magic of modern technology.
Dental bonding is often called tooth bonding. It is the process where one of our dentists uses a tooth-colored composite resin to fill in chips and cracks on the teeth. The resin is hardened to form a complete tooth. When done correctly, dental bonding is unnoticeable and functions like a regular tooth, creating a space that won’t decay but creates a full surface.
Dental bonding is one of the simplest and least expensive procedures offered in dental offices because of its simplicity. It can be completed in a single appointment and accomplished in less than an hour, making it ideal for patients who want to correct their teeth quickly and easily.
During dental bonding, the patient and one of our dentists discuss which tooth should be bonded. It is better for the teeth to be clean, so the dentist might insist on doing a professional cleaning to remove enamel and tartar.
Once the tooth is ready, the dentist chooses a tooth-colored resin and applies some to the tooth. The resin is shaped to resemble the other teeth and then hardened using a special light. Once dry, the resin is shaped once more to make any final adjustments. The tooth is then ready to use.
Unlike other procedures, dental bonding requires little to no aftercare. The resin does not decay but can stain, so patients are advised to avoid activities that cause enamel discoloration, including the consumption of tobacco products and consuming beverages like red wine, tea, soda, and coffee. The patient should also avoid chewing on hard products like ice cubes.