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Tooth Bonding Calgary, AB

Tooth Bonding An Overview

Dental bonding is a quick and simple way to address many cosmetic dental concerns. At Foothills Dentistry, we offer dental bonding to address common dental issues such as:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Minor misalignment
  • Discolored or stained teeth

The dental bonding material is typically made of composite resin, which can be color matched and shaped to match your existing teeth. Our team of dentists will choose the appropriate shade of resin, so when your treatment is complete, no one will be able to tell the difference between your bonded tooth and your existing smile.

BioClear® Restorations

In many cases, dentists fix black triangles with porcelain veneers, which may require the dentist to remove some of the natural tooth structure to prepare the affected tooth for the bonding processes. Thanks to revolutionary treatments like BioClear®, dentists can now preserve much more of the natural tooth structure when addressing black triangles on the teeth.

BioClear is considered an alternative to porcelain veneers and can be used that can eliminate black triangles, worn teeth, chipped teeth, and damaged teeth. In some cases, BioClear can reshape misshapen teeth, help improve the appearance of crooked teeth and close gapped teeth. This conservative cosmetic dental treatment adds structure to the teeth rather than removing it, creating a more practical way to address common dental concerns.

Candidacy For Dental Bonding

If you would like to learn more about dental bonding, the first step is to schedule a consultation with our dentist in Calgary. During your consultation, we will examine your teeth and determine if dental bonding or another cosmetic treatment best suits your needs. Dental bonding is often recommended for minor cosmetic dental issues.

For areas with extensive damage, decay, or discoloration, we may recommend a dental filling, porcelain veneers or teeth whitening. For damage that compromises the integrity of the tooth structure, we may recommend placing a dental crown to restore the health and function to the tooth. In many cases, dental bonding is a safe and effective solution for patients of all ages.

Tooth Bonding What to Expect

The tooth bonding is considered a simple in-office dental procedure. It is typically performed with no anesthesia, but we take all the proper steps to ensure our patients are comfortable during their treatment. If we are addressing a large chip or a patient with sensitive teeth, we may use a local anesthetic to numb the affected area.

To begin the procedure, we will apply a special solution to the affected tooth to create a sufficient bonding surface for the composite resin; this process is often referred to as etching the surface of the tooth. Tooth bonding is considered an additive treatment because it adds tooth structure instead of taking it away.

After the tooth is prepared, your dentist will carefully apply the resin and gently mold it until the desired shape is reached. When the resin is placed, and the desired aesthetic is reached, we will use a special UV light to cure (harden) the bonded tooth into place.

Once the bonded tooth is hardened and secured into place, we will gently polish and shape the tooth to create a natural looking result. Patients can enjoy their new smile immediately after their appointment.

Maintaining A Bonded Tooth

To maintain optimal results, it is important to follow a proper oral hygiene routine and schedule regular visits to the dentist. With proper care and maintenance, a bonded tooth should last many years. Try to avoid poor dental habits that may compromise your bonded tooth. Although composite resin is a highly durable material, it is not as strong as the natural tooth enamel.

Composite resin is not impervious to stains or decay, so be sure to take proper care of you smile for long-lasting results.

To explore your cosmetic dentistry treatment options, visit Foothills Dentistry. To schedule an appointment, call (587) 410-0821 or request an appointment online.

Tooth Bonding FAQs

How long does bonding last on a tooth?

Bonds on teeth can last anywhere between 4 to 8 years depending on the size, location, and care take of the bond. It is recommended to avoid chewing with your teeth that are in the bond. Food can change the way that your bond fits in your mouth which changes the entire composition of the bonding.

Can dental bonding be reversed?

Dental bonds can be reversed. Dental bonding is an additive treatment meaning that it adds to the tooth, and can be removed from the tooth. Bonds do not require enamel removal so there is not damage done to the surface of teeth. This means that they can be removed without any enamel being stripped.

How soon can I eat after tooth bonding?

You can eat or drink directly after your appointment for getting dental bonds. Some patients may report that they experience some achy pain and sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks post procedure but it should go away within a few days.

How painful is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is generally not a very painful procedure. Your dentist may use local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Patients may experience temporary discomfort after the procedure as their mouth adjusts to the new material. You can manage post-procedure soreness with over-the-counter pain relievers.

How many times can a tooth be bonded?

A tooth can be bonded multiple times. However, each time tooth is bonded, some of the natural tooth structure may need to be removed to make room for the bonding material. Over time, this can weaken the tooth and make it more susceptible to decay. Additionally, the tooth bonding material may not last as long as other dental restorations. It is possible that crowns or veneers may be a better long-term option.

Can dental bonded teeth be whitened?

Dental bonding does not respond to normal teeth whitening treatments. The composite resin material used in dental bonding is not affected by whitening agents. If you want to whiten your bonded teeth, your dentist may recommend replacing the bonding material with a lighter shade to match your newly whitened teeth. Alternatively, other dental treatments, such as porcelain veneers, may be an option to improve the appearance of your smile.