Repair Your Teeth With Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is used to repair a tooth, cover up a cosmetic imperfection, or used in place of an amalgam filling. This procedure consists of Dr. Kruger applying a tooth-colored composite resin to one or more teeth to repair damage.
Bonding can be used on the front or back teeth, depending on the location and extent of the tooth’s damage. Dental bonding is a more affordable treatment option than other cosmetic procedures and is typically completed in one appointment.
Reasons for Dental Bonding
When you come into our office looking to restore or enhance a tooth, Dr. Kruger may recommend dental bonding if you’re in need of:
- Repairing decayed teeth
- Fixing chipped or cracked teeth
- Improving the appearance of discolored teeth
- Closing spaces between teeth
- Lengthening teeth
- Changing the shape of teeth
- Protecting a part of the tooth’s root that has been exposed
The Bonding Process
The dental bonding process can typically be completed within one appointment to our Oelwein or West Union office.
For your bonding treatment, only minimal prep of the tooth is required. Sedation isn’t needed, but can be offered for patients with a completely decayed tooth, a chipped tooth close to the nerve, or a tooth that needs to be reshaped or drilled.
Dr. Kruger will closely match an appropriate composite resin to seamlessly blend in with your smile. Once we’ve found your perfect match, we’ll place the white filling on the tooth. The resin will bond to your tooth, be smoothed to the desired shape, and be completed with a polishing treatment. Your restored tooth will help boost your confidence with its improved look.
Total Treatment Time
Most patients’ bonding procedures will be completed in one appointment. Typically, the bonding process will take 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. The entire procedure time may take longer depending on how many teeth need to be bonded. Fortunately, there’s no need for molds or customizations so once the bonding process is complete, you’ll be ready to show off your beautiful smile.
Is the Dental Bonding Procedure Painful?
The dental bonding procedure is a quick and painless process. Sedation isn’t typically needed because the affected area in which the tooth is bonded isn’t sensitive. If you’re feeling nervous or uneasy about this procedure, let Dr. Kruger know. He’ll discuss options that can be used to make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
How to Care for Bonded Teeth
Taking proper care of your teeth helps extend the life of a bonded tooth. The following tips will help increase the longevity of your bonded tooth:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss daily
- Avoid hard food or candy
- Avoid coffee and tobacco products for the first two days after the procedure to avoid stains
- Avoid nail biting
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings every six months
Will My Bonding Material Break Easily?
Dental bonding uses a strong, tooth-colored resin that hardens and bonds with your tooth using a special light. It corrects several dental flaws and protects your teeth from further damage. The bonding material may stain or break over time, or, if you suffer from bruxism, it can chip, crack, or break.
If you accidentally chip or break the bonding material, or if you feel any sharp pain or rough edges after the procedure, contact our office immediately so we can schedule an appointment with Dr. Kruger where he’ll patch or repair it.
Visit Oelwein Dental Associates
At our Oelwein and West Union offices, our team will always help you find the right treatment to restore your tooth’s appearance and functionality. Dental bonding is the perfect solution for minor cosmetic problems, plus it’s completed in just one appointment.
Ready to enhance your smile? Contact one of our offices today to schedule your appointment and start the journey to your dream smile!