Dental Bonding at Austin Dental Care
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental service for repairing chipped, cracked, fractured, stained, and misshapen teeth. In addition, tooth bonding stabilizes the tooth root while being a great option for patients who do not want a permanent restoration. Dr. Glen Wainwright offers tooth bonding in Austin, Texas to patients of all ages. Dr. Wainwright is an experienced cosmetic dentist that is passionate about helping patients achieve their ideal smile.
Learn about the ideal candidate for tooth bonding as well as the bonding process below.
Am I a Good Candidate for Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is the best option for minor to moderate tooth damage. Patients who are not ready to commit to a permanent solution like dental veneers are also good candidates for dental bonding. Dr. Wainwright may recommend dental crowns or a tooth extraction for patients who have severe cases of tooth damage.
Prior to treatment, Dr. Wainwright will examine your teeth and gums, taking your budget, goals, and health into consideration. He may use digital imaging to accurately view the mouth to ensure that treatment is as accurate as possible. If you have tooth damage and think that you would be a good candidate for tooth bonding, call Austin Dental Care at 512-518-6392.
The Dental bonding Process
Tooth bonding is a more economical alternative to porcelain veneers. This treatment offers a semi-permanent option for patients who want to restore damaged, worn, and stained teeth. The dental bonding material is strong and will protect the dentin beneath, but also looks natural. During treatment, patients require less tooth preparation than other treatments.
Dental bonding begins with the preparation of the tooth. Dr. Wainwright will will first clean and dry the tooth. Then he will gently remove a small amount of tooth enamel from the surface of the tooth to allow the composite resin to adhere to the surface of teeth. In some cases, he will not have to remove any enamel. Next, he will apply a layer of resin to the tooth surface. He will then shape this layer with a special tool before applying another layer on top of it and shaping it again. He will repeat this process until we achieve the desired thickness, shape and look.
He will cover the final composite resin layer with a protective coating before hardening it using ultraviolet light or an activator solution, such as methyl methacrylate monomer (MMA). After this step, he will lightly polish it. You will be able to use your teeth almost immediately. We recommend that you avoid eating foods that are hot or too cold to prevent sensitivity. Lastly, give your bonded tooth a couple of days to adjust to the material and the sensitivity will go away.
Dental Bonding FAQs
Is dental bonding permanent?
No. Dental binding is not a permanent solution to tooth damage, but can be a viable one for many patients. With standard tooth care and maintenance, a bonded tooth can last many years. Be sure to maintain a proper oral higher routine, and visit your dentist regularly for routine dental checkups. Your dentist can repair or replace bonded material if it becomes damaged.
Can I remove tooth bonding?
No. Only a dentist can remove the bonding material. The dentist will only need to remove the bonding if your bonded tooth suffers more damage, or you are replacing the tooth bonding with a permanent restoration such as porcelain veneers.
Will tooth bonding make my teeth more sensitive?
No. Tooth bonding does not make your teeth permanently sensitive. Although, you will experience some sensitivity for a couple of days after the procedure. This is natural and a sign that your tooth is still adjusting to the material. You can avoid temporary sensitivity by not consuming very hot or cold foods.
How long does tooth bonding take to harden?
On average your bond will harden within 30-60 minutes. Patients should wait until the bond cures before eating or drinking. This will ensure that your bond is secure and in place before any substance has the ability to effect it. We recommend waiting to eat or drink for at least an hour after we place your bond to give it time to harden and cure.
Do your teeth rot under composite bonding?
Composite bonding does not ruin teeth, and teeth should not cause tooth decay. With bonding it is important to take good care of your oral health and teeth to ensure that cavities do not form. Cavities eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing decay.
Schedule A Dental Visit with Our Dentist in Austin, TX
Contact Austin Dental Care for comprehensive treatment today at 512-518-6392. You can also request a consultation with Dr. Wainwright on our website. Dr. Wainwright serves patients in West Austin, Lost Creek, West Lake Hills, Barton Creek, and all of Travis County, Texas.