Dental bonding is a dental procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and bonded to existing teeth. Your dentist will determine the match the resin to your original tooth color so it appears completely natural. Then, using microabrasion technology, your dentist will lightly scuff the surface of the tooth. This is done so that the bonding material will adhere to the enamel. After molding the bonding material onto the tooth and securing it in place, your dentist will gently clean and shine the area to ensure a natural finish.
Bonding is most often used for cosmetic purposes, but it can also be used to support and protect chipped tooth structure, change the shape or color of teeth, or protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed because of gum recession. Dental bonding is commonly used as an alternative to metal fillings and is used exclusively here at Carmel Valley Dental.
With proper upkeep, dental bonding can last for many years. A night guard is typically recommended to help protect teeth and bondings at night when grinding and clenching occur. Proper upkeep includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and maintaining a healthy diet.