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Dental Bonding — A Quick-and-Easy Solution for Many Smile Flaws

If you’re embarrassed because of unsightly teeth when you smile, you may only need a simple dental fix to give you a beautiful new grin. Dental bonding is a minor procedure that can hide many tooth imperfections. 

Our expert dentist Dr. Christian Pham at Crownridge Dental uses dental bonding to cover a number of tooth problems that mar your smile. 

The bonding process is simple. Dr. Pham uses a composite resin in a shade that matches your surrounding teeth to cover the imperfection on one or more teeth. The procedure is called bonding because the resin attaches firmly to your tooth and looks very natural. You can’t tell the difference between the bonded tooth and those around it. 

What types of tooth imperfections can dental bonding improve?

Dental bonding can solve a number of tooth imperfections.

Chipped or cracked teeth

We see many patients with chipped and cracked teeth. If you have a habit of biting hard candy or ice, you can crack or chip a tooth. 

Playing sports is also a common culprit for sustaining a chip or a crack in a tooth. Sometimes a large filling can weaken the tooth so that a piece chips off. 

Discolored teeth

There are many reasons teeth can become discolored. Drinking dark beverages like coffee, tea, or red wine over a number of years may cause discoloration. Medications for high blood pressure, seasonal allergies, and psychological conditions can also cause tooth discoloration. 

 

Age also plays a role. As you grow older, your tooth enamel becomes thinner and the yellowish material underneath it — called dentin — may be exposed. 

Gaps between teeth 

Perhaps you have an unusually large gap between two of your teeth in the front of your mouth. If it embarrasses you, we can often correct this imperfection with bonding. 

Change tooth length or shape

Is one of your teeth shorter than the others? Perhaps you have a misshapen tooth. These problems can usually be corrected with dental bonding. 

Filling cavities

We can fill cavities with the composite resin used in dental bonding. This way, when you smile, no one sees black or gray areas on the top of your tooth where the filling lies. 

What happens during dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a minor procedure and anesthesia is rarely needed. Dr. Pham consults a guide to select the best color for your composite resin so that it matches your surrounding teeth. 

Then he roughens the surface of your tooth and coats it with a liquid that helps the resin bond. Next, he applies the resin, molding it to the shape of your natural tooth. 

A special light hardens the bonding material so that it dries quickly. Dr. Pham finishes the procedure by polishing your tooth. 

When you look in the mirror once the procedure is done, you’ll see a brand new smile with no bothersome tooth imperfection. 

For expert dental bonding to fix your smile imperfection, call our office in San Antonio, Texas, or book an appointment online today.

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