Sometimes it is the little things that matter. Not all dental damage is major or severe, and the repair work may not take long. For example, chips and stains on a tooth don’t need extensive dental work. If a tooth is noticeably shorter than the adjacent ones, or oddly spaced, or it has an odd shape, those problems can be easily fixed with a dental bond. Bonding can also be used to treat small cavities that have not penetrated very far into the tooth enamel.
Bonds are easy to place, and very inexpensive when it comes to dental restorations. If you have minor tooth damage then you should talk with our dentist Dr. Chris Lindsey about fixing your tooth with a dental bond. First, the dentist will mix the resin used to create the bond so that it matches the shade of your tooth. No anesthetic is necessary, unless the tooth has decay that needs to be removed. The dentist will rough up the surface of the tooth to help the bond adhere. The dentist will mold the resin into the proper shape around your tooth, and then allow the resin to cure, or he will cure it using a special light. Once the bond has been cured, the dentist will trim it and then polish it to give it a little extra strength, and help it blend in with the rest of your tooth.
If you take proper care of your bond, it can last for around a decade. But remember: a dental bond is not nearly as tough as your tooth enamel so it needs the proper care if you want to get the most out of it.
A dental bond can be stained by dark colored foods and drinks over time, and it is particularly vulnerable during the first 24 hours after it has been applied, so you need to plan your meals accordingly. If you bond does become stained, whitening toothpaste and treatments will not restore it’s color. Instead, you will need to go back to the dentist to have it polished.
If you suffer from bruxism, which is the habitual grinding or clenching of your teeth, you may damage your bond in relatively short order. You should let your dentist know if you deal with bruxism, so he can prescribe a night guard or work with you to deal with your bruxism. If you are someone who chews on pens or pencils during work or school, you may damage your bond. Likewise if you chew your nails.
Dental bonds are not tooth replacements, and that being the case, you need to continue to brush your teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day and floss once a day, If your tooth develops a cavity, your bond could fail.
If you have minor tooth damage, and are interested in finding out more about whether a dental bond in Palo Alto, California is right for you, we would be happy to see you at Chris E. Lindsey DDS. If you would like to make an appointment, call 650-327-3770 today. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you to enjoy the smile of your dreams!