September 21, 2011

What Is Dental Bonding?

    Dental bonding is a technique in dentistry that is used to attach tooth-colored filling materials to the enamel of teeth.  This method allows us to restore teeth by removing a minimum of tooth structure.  Dental Bonding also strengthens teeth.

    How does dental bonding work?  A special solution called an etchant is placed on the tooth and this solution makes microscopic openings in the enamel.  When the tooth-colored material is placed on the tooth, the filling material fills the openings in the enamel.  The filling material is sculpted to replace the missing tooth structure or change the shape &/or color of the tooth.  Once the desired appearance is achieved, a special dental light called a curing light is aimed at the filling and the light sets the material and makes it hard.  The filling literally locks into the openings made in the enamel by the etchant.  This process strengthens the tooth and because the filling material locks into or bonds onto the enamel, little or no tooth structure has to be removed to secure the filling.

    Tooth-colored fillings can be bonded into back teeth in some instances to replace unsightly old silver fillings.  These types of fillings are better in premolars than molars.  Molars have to withstand the most pressure, so it’s better to use stronger materials like porcelain inlays/onlays or crowns on molars.  Molar teeth can be restored by using dental bonding to bond the inlay or onlay to the tooth.

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  1. This is one of the great things that cosmetic dentistry has invented. I am also glad that these kind of procedure is used by my Chandler family dentist . I used to have these kind of tooth before as well. So I am happy that my family dentist has applied dental bonding on my teeth.

  2. Quite educational post for those who are going to have bonding.Dental Bonding also strengthens teeth.
    there are many advantages of dental bonding over veneers, bridges and crowns.And also cost effective.
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  3. Yes you are right dental bonding is the easy and cheap treatment to repair chipped or cracked teeth.It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth.

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