This procedure can usually
be done in one visit.
Bonding can often be done without anesthesia (shots) if
there is no decay or pulp exposure. It is done in a shade to match your
The procedure is done by:
The tooth surface is first etched to make the
surface more porous to help the
resin chemically bond or adhere to the tooth structure.
-An ultraviolet light is used in
this step. We protect you from this light with protective eyewear.
-Your shade color is recorded and matched to
your existing tooth.
The resin, which is a composite of liquid
acrylic and tiny particles of glass, is than applied layer by layer and
contoured and sculpted into the proper shape and hardened after each layer.
composite resin forms a durable, stain resistant surface.
It is than smoothed and polished to
give it a natural appearance.
Value: You need to know that
this material in NOT as strong as your natural teeth. It does not last as
long as a crown. The life of your composite bonding is directly
related to the level of care received. Composites may last from three to eight
years and even longer in certain cases. It can stain and
chip if you do not properly care for it.
Bonding usually last an average
of five years if you care for it properly. It will need to occasionally be
repaired depending on your care of this area. Bonding is more susceptible
to stains than your natural teeth.
You will need to have them
checked every 3-5 years to be "touched up" or redone to correct wear
or discoloration. For more details on their