Camouflaging gaps between your teeth or repairing short, broken, or chipped teeth can be done in just a few appointments at Heritage Dentistry. Dr. Skousen can help you achieve the esthetic smile of your dreams with dental bonding.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
During your first consultation appointment, you will discuss your dental concerns and desires with Dr. Skousen. He may choose bonding alone or bonding with a dental veneer. For both procedures, he will first scrape off some of the enamel on your teeth. This will create a tough surface, making it easier for the adhesive to stick to. After applying the adhesive, Dr. Skousen will apply the bonding material alone or with a veneer attached. When the bonding material is first placed on your tooth it is soft and putty-like. Dr. Skousen will shape the gel to your tooth. Next, with a high-powered light, he will fix the bonding to the tooth by hardening the putty to a cement-like substance. Lastly, he will clean the area and polish your teeth. In 30 minutes to an hour you can completely transform your smile at Heritage Dentistry!
Do I Need Sedation During Dental Bonding?
Unlike a cavity filling, which uses a similar substance to bonding, you will not need sedation. A bonding procedure only scrapes away part of the outer layer of the tooth and does not affect the inner two layers, the dentin or pulp, where the blood vessels and nerves are stored. Typically, you will not need a numbing agent for this procedure. However, we may be able to provide laughing gas or an oral medication to help you relax during the procedure.
Is Dental Bonding Permanent?
Depending on the amount of bonding and where it is placed, will help determine the lifespan of the bond. Dental bonding is typically recommended for small areas that are not high contact. Under these conditions and with good oral hygiene, your dental bond can last between 3 and 10 years. For more information about dental bonding or to request an appointment call Heritage Dentistry at our Frisco, Texas office.