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Bonding

Attractive Tooth Bonding and Alteration in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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What is Tooth Bonding?

Tooth bonding is the process of attaching or bonding a sticky material to a tooth in order to create a cosmetic effect. Bonding is typically used to:

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  • Repair decayed teeth
  • Repair cracked or chipped teeth
  • Reduce tooth discoloration
  • Close spacing in between teeth 
  • Change the shape or length of teeth 
  • Protect tooth roots when gums recede

How Does Bonding Work?

Dental bonding can be done with little to no preparation and generally does not require any type of sedation. A dentist typically has several shades of bonding material available to choose from and can find the one that best fits the color of your natural teeth. Once a color has been selected, the material is applied to the affected area and shaped or sculpted as needed. An ultraviolet curing light is then used to harden the material and firmly attach it to your tooth.

Is Bonding Right for Me?

Bonding is used often in the dental world and is an affordable, quick and practical solution to many oral needs. From cracks and chips that can cause health concerns and pain to changing tooth shape and length to better suit your needs, bonding can provide a wide variety of solutions. Bonding also requires little to no enamel removal, allowing as much of your natural tooth as possible to remain.
The material used in bonding, however, is not as strong as natural teeth, making it more susceptible to chips and damage from hard material like ice. Bonding also only tends to last for a few years before it needs to be repaired or replaced. This most often means that regular visits throughout your lifetime will be required in order to maintain your bonding. Other restorative solutions, while possibly more expensive or time-consuming, tend to be longer lasting and be made or more durable material.
If you have a chip, crack or any other cosmetic dentistry to be done, talk to a dentist at Rabel Family Dentistry to see if bonding is right for you.