Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tooth Bonding

Before and after images of dental problems
corrected with tooth bonding.

At Guerrino Dentistry &Associates, patients have a number of options when they want to improve the look of their smiles. One service offered by Paul J. Guerrino DDS PC and our other dental specialists is tooth bonding.

Tooth bonding is used to repair a stained, chipped, decayed, or widely spaced tooth.  This service can also make teeth appear longer, protect the tooth’s root when gums recede, and change the shape of teeth. In short, the procedure has cosmetic and health applications. Our dentists deliver results by applying a tooth-colored material onto the tooth surface and then hardening the material.

When a patient requests tooth bonding services, Paul J. Guerrino DDS PC will start by consulting a shade guide to determine the resin color that matches patient teeth. The dentist can then get started right away on the bonding process. First, he or she will roughen the surface of the tooth by etching it. A conditioning liquid, which will help the bonding material adhere to the tooth’s surface, is then brushed on.  Once preparation is complete, the dentist then applies color-matched resin to the tooth surface. To ensure the bonding is shaped properly, our dentist smooth out the resin before proceeding to the next step. Finally, an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin material. Our dentist waits for hardening to be completed and then polishes the material to match the sheen of the patient’s other teeth. We advise patients to wait 48 hours before eating or drinking substances such as tea and coffee that can stain the resin.

There are many advantages to correcting cosmetic and health issues with tooth bonding. This process rarely involves drilling or anesthetic, making it one of the least expensive ways to improve your smile. Additionally, tooth bonding procedures can be performed for multiple teeth in a single visit. The entire process takes between 30 minutes and one hour, although it can take longer when several teeth are being bonded at once.

For more information on tooth bonding, and other services provided by Dr. Paul J. Guerrino, check out his website: http://pauljguerrinoddspc.com/.

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