There’s no question that life can come at us fast. Whether it is an active lifestyle or an accident, it’s always a sudden shock when you look into the mirror and realize one of your teeth has been cracked or chipped. But there’s no need to panic. Our dedicated team can offer a phenomenal solution in the form of dental bonding in Texas City, TX.
What Is Dental Bonding & Why Get It?
Dental bonding is one of the most straightforward, cosmetic dentistry procedures a patient can receive. The process is to correct imperfections or repair damages in a tooth by using a composite resin.
You may consider dental bonding for a problematic tooth if one or more of the following apply to any of your teeth:
- Damaged Teeth: This can mean chipped or cracked. You can damage your teeth with a physical injury or they can naturally decay and wear down over time.
- Discoloration: Despite our best efforts, sometimes discoloration can occur in our teeth. Dental bonding can be used to match a stained tooth with the rest of your teeth.
- Microdontia: This is the medical term for atypical small teeth. If you were born with a tooth slightly smaller than the rest, the resin used in dental bonding can be molded and shaped so any mismatched tooth looks and feels aligned with your other teeth.
Not only can dental bonding resolve a variety of issues, but thanks to our hardworking and talented dental team, most procedures also take less than an hour to complete!
How Does The Bonding Process Work?
- Step One: It will begin with our dental team using a shading guide to select a composite resin that matches your natural tooth color, ensuring the dental bonding will be both cosmetically and medically appropriate.
- Step Two: The surface of the tooth that requires bonding will be prepped for the resin. The surface is “roughed” (not to worry, this doesn’t hurt), and then a liquid bonding agent is applied to the tooth.
- Step Three: With the liquid agent in place, the composite resin can now be placed upon the tooth. From there, our team can mold the composite resin to repair any structural damage.
- Step Four: Once the desired shape has been formed, our dentist will use UV lighting to harden the resin. You will be instructed about how to care for your newly shaped teeth, and then you’re free to go.
What About White Fillings?
While dental bonding may be one of the most direct ways to deal with a tooth’s structural integrity, fillings are perhaps the most common dental procedure. We offer white fillings, allowing you to keep every part of your teeth a natural shade.
What Are Fillings Used For?
Cavities are small holes in the tooth’s enamel, creating a compounding risk factor. Bacteria that lead to infection and tooth decay often multiply in cavities, so it is important to get rid of them as soon as they are discovered. The most common solution for this is a dental filling.
What Are The Benefits Of White Fillings?
White fillings offer a range of benefits over traditional alloy-based fillings. They are made from biocompatible, composite resin which means:
- There is a much lower risk of sensitivity-related issues.
- Many patients with alloy-based fillings are warned that consuming hot drinks like tea or coffee can cause irritation. That isn’t the case with white fillings.
- You don’t have to worry about temperature fluctuations.
- Over time, silver fillings have been known to expand or contract due to exposure to temperature changes, which can put unnecessary stress on your tooth.