Bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, or misaligned. We offer bonding at our downtown Pittsburgh dental office as a solution for small chips or cracks or, more often, as an alternative to veneers.
The Bonding Process
Bonding consists of three steps, which can be quickly completed and usually do not require the use of any anesthesia.
- The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid.
- Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by Dr. Pounds.
- After it hardens, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
Dental Bonding Is a Short-term Solution
The bonding procedure is normally completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of your tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than your natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before need of repair.
If you need a quick fix to a tooth and understand that bonding is not a permanent or long term solution, call our Pittsburgh dental office and ask for an appointment.