Dental Bonding in Hood River
Our teeth do a lot for us. They help us chew, allow us to properly speak, and we even use them as tools. As a result, our teeth tend to take a beating. We can take great care of our teeth and still not account for all the action they see. For those circumstances where they chip, crack, or break we have a great solution - dental bonding.
Why dental bonding?Dental bonding is a fantastic and simple procedure that allows us to fix broken or chipped teeth in a permanent way. Bonding is minimally invasive when compared to other methods of fixing broken teeth such as veneers, crowns, or implants. It is also the least expensive method we have of fixing a broken tooth. We can even use bonding to close gaps between teeth and otherwise change the shape of a tooth.
It’s a solid, cost effective, and pleasant solution for a number of cosmetic issues.
Dental Bonding ProcedureThe process of dental bonding is simple. We use a resin made up of a composite of materials (mostly glass and tooth-colored plastic) as the medium to produce the bonds. We use this material for tooth colored fillings as well. It is made to blend in with the color of your tooth perfectly.
After we match the color of the resin to your teeth we will begin preparing the teeth to receive it. This involves a minor amount of etching on the surface of the tooth. The etching helps to give the resin more surface area on your tooth to adhere to. We will then apply a liquid to your tooth that helps to clean and condition the area, making sure that a strong bond is possible.
Once the tooth has been prepared we apply the composite. When we are going to apply the resin to your tooth it is in a very malleable state. Think of it like putty, easy to shape and mold. It is tacky and will stick to your tooth as we apply it and it will hold the form that we mold into it.
Once we have it placed on the tooth and formed properly we can smooth and set it. We set it in place using a UV light that hardens it permanently. After being hardened we can perform any finishing touches that may need to be made, like polishing it to match the sheen of your tooth.
How long do dental bonds last?It’s hard to say how long a dental bond will last because the procedure can be used to fix so many different issues. Depending on what the bond is being used to fix, where it is applied in the mouth, and how much hard work it is required to perform, it’s lifetime will vary.
That being said, it is common for dental bonds to last upwards of seven years. Care for your dental bonds with regular oral health habits and it will last a long time.
If you have an issue with your teeth that you would like to see fixed, please give us a call at (541) 386-2020 and we will be happy to make an appointment for you!