Dental Bonding

What is Dental Bonding or Tooth Bonding?

Dental Bonding is one of the basic cosmetic dental procedures we use here at our dental office at Washington Square Philadelphia. It is used in both minor corrections of dental flaws as well as in, what we call Full Mouth Rehabilitation.

Dental bonding involves the use of a composite resin filling placed in the back teeth as well as the front teeth. These composites are often the best solution for basic tooth restoration but primarily are used in making improvements in reshaping teeth and giving them a beautiful appearance.

Basically, at our dental office in Old City, Philadelphia, tooth bonding procedures will cover any natural flaws (or those caused by trauma) using composite resins, as above, then applying a thin coating of a plastic material on the front surface of your teeth to sculpt color and shape to provide a pleasing result. A high-intensity light then hardens the plastic and the surface is finely polished.

What is the Dental Bonding procedure at our office?

First, a very mild etching solution is applied to your teeth to create very small crevices in the tooth's enamel structure. These small crevices provide a slightly rough surface permitting a durable resin to bond materials to your teeth. The resin is then placed on your tooth and high-intensity light cures the resins onto your tooth's surface - with each individual layer of resin hardening in just minutes. When the last coat has been applied to your tooth, the bonded material is then sculpted to fit your tooth and finely polished.

The resin comes in many shades so that we can match it to your natural teeth. Due to the layers involved, this procedure will take slightly longer than traditional silver fillings because multiple layers of the bonding material are applied. Typically bonding takes an hour to two hours depending on your particular case

Who should consider tooth bonding?

If you have close, small gaps between your front teeth, or if you have chipped or cracked teeth, you may be a candidate for tooth bonding.

Tooth Bonding is also used for patients who have discolored teeth, uneven teeth, gum recession or tooth decay.

If you think you are a candidate for bonding, set up a no cost consultation at our office today.

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