O’Fallon Dentist Answers Common Patient Questions On Versatile Dental Bonding

Written by Dr. Brace on Dec 16, 2014

Our O’Fallon dentists are here to give you all of the information that you need about dental treatments of all kinds—from restorative, to cosmetic, to preventive. In today’s article we will be giving you some helpful info about one treatment in particular: dental bonding. This treatment actually has a wide number of applications in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, so it is useful to all kind of dental patients.

Let’s get started!

Q: What does dental bonding do?

A: Dental bonding is used to restore or to resurface a patient’s teeth (or tooth). Using dental bonding our dental team is able to repair cracked or chipped enamel, and even rebuild missing portions of a patient’ tooth. We can also use dental bonding to cover the visible enamel, in order to give the patient’s smile whiter and fresher appearance. Dental bonding can be used on a single tooth, or multiple teeth—whatever your situation requires.

Q: What material is used in dental bonding?

A: In order to achieve the aforementioned results, our dental team applies dental resin to the patient’s tooth. We then cure this resin using a special light; once the resin has cured it is hard and durable, like natural enamel. Dental resin is an ideal material for dental bonding because it is malleable, and can thus be used to achieve a wide variety of aesthetic results. At the same time, dental resin, once cured is capable of standing up to the wear and tear of daily life. Plus, dental resin can be shaded to match the patient’s existing enamel.

Q: What is it like to go through the dental bonding process?

A: The dental bonding treatment process is exceptionally simple and comfortable for the patient. You will come into the office, and our dental team will clean and prep your teeth. Then we’ll place customized dental resin on the appropriate parts of your enamel. We’ll cure the resin, and refine any spots necessary—then you’re good to go! The whole process is completed in just one appointment, and it is completely non-invasive.

If you want to learn more about how our O’Fallon dental team uses dental bonding to help patients, please feel free to give our office a call.