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Dental Bonding // Tooth Bonding for Mishawaka and South Bend

A tooth-colored resin (plastic) material is used to close spaces between front teeth. It can also be used to repair chipped or thinning teeth. 

Dental Bonding is one of the lowest cost of all cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the appearance of chipped or discolored teeth, for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (usually front teeth), make teeth appear longer in length, close spaces between teeth, or to simply change the shape or color of teeth.  In some cases, Dr. Coulter may recommend dental bonding as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, as this approach protects a portion of the tooth's root that may have become exposed due to the gums receding.  Dr. Coulter prefers that dental bonding procedures are completed on a tooth by tooth basis to ensure the very best results.

Dental Bonding procedures typically involves the use of a durable composite resin material that is applied to repair decayed, chipped, fractured, discolored or misshaped tooth. When the Dental Bonding process is underway, the first step is the application of a putty like resin bonding material that is carefully shaped and polished so that the color closely matches that of surrounding teeth.  Dr. Coulter uses shade guide technology to select the appropriate composite resin color to achieve the closest color match possible.  Once this step is completed, and the resin material is hardened with either a medical laser or medical ultraviolet light that bonds the resin material to the teeth under treatment. 

Next, Dr. Coulter slightly abrades the surface of the tooth with air abrasion to roughen it, then the tooth bonded is lightly coated with a conditioning liquid, which helps the bonding material permanently adhere.  After the bonding material hardens, Dr Coulter may further trim, shape or polish the bonding material until it matches the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.

After the dental bonding process is completed, it's important to completely avoid smoking, eating or drinking foods (tea, coffee, soda and other colored substances) that can stain for the first 48 hours after any composite procedure. To prevent stains, brush your teeth frequently, and have them cleaned regularly by Dr. Coulter’s dental hygienist regularly.

Dental Bonding vs Dental Crowns and Veneers

Most dental bonding procedures can be competed in a single visit, while the use of a Dental Crown or Veneers for larger treatments often requires the use of a customized mold to achieve a proper fit, and these are usually manufactured at a dental laboratory.  This is a major benefit, as less advance preparation is required for a high quality dental bonding result.  When the dental bonding is being used to treat a badly decayed tooth or is chipped near a nerve, some form of anesthesia may be required to change its shape.  A major advantage is that with veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed.  It’s also important to note that while the hardened resin material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns, nor last as long as crowns, veneers and fillings.  

Bonded teeth does not require any type of special care.  Your oral habits often determine the longevity of dental bonding, so it’s best to follow good oral hygiene practices and avoid chewing on hard objects like ice cubes, pens, fingernails and nut shells in order to avoid chipping.  Dr. Coulter recommends maintaining regular dental checkups and cleanings, brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day.

Following this regime helps ensure that the dental bonding material remains intact.  Depending on oral habits and hygiene, you can anticipate bonding materials lasting anywhere from three to ten years before needing any touch up, repair or replacement.  


Contact Dr. Coulter’s office if you have any questions.  We’re pleased to help you!

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