Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During tooth bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling “bonds” with your teeth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth. Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Often times bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.
we incorporate the latest in advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments, along with our longstanding tradition of excellence patient communication. We offer a warm office environment with an emphasis on teaching preventative dental habits to children and creating positive dental experiences. Tooth bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and usually can be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell Dr. Khandaqji. The bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired in one visit. If you need a dentist in San Ramon, click to see all our dental team reviews on Google+ or Yelp about Dentist Dr. Mohammad Khandaqji, DDS
A consultation with Dr. Khandaqji will determine what dental problems can be solved with bonding. Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth that may involve x-rays and an evaluation of your teeth and gums. During your consultation, Dr. Khandaqji will discuss if you are a candidate for the cosmetic problems that bonding can resolve, such as decayed teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, gaps, tooth discoloration, “short teeth,” and more. If you have teeth that are extensively damaged Dr. Khandaqji may recommend other restorative or cosmetic procedures that meet more long-term goals.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
Bonded teeth require the same care as your natural teeth. The care necessary to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile is to keep good oral hygiene habits. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing are good ways to keep good oral health. Routine check-ups as recommended by Dr. Khandaqji should ensure clean teeth and a healthy smile.Because the material used in bonding can chip, try to avoid biting on hard objects that may cause damage. Biting your fingernails, chewing on pens, ice or other hard food objects should be avoided. If the tooth feels differently than when you had your procedure, you may have chipped the bond. Consult Dr. Khandaqji if this happens.