Fix Gaps Between Teeth with Dental Bonding

Fix Gaps Between Teeth with Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a technique that serves to restore the correct functioning of damaged teeth through the application of a plastic composite material on the surface of the teeth. As this plastic material hardens, it adheres to the surface of the teeth and corrects cosmetic defects. Dental bonding, contrary to popular belief, doesn't require much preparation or advanced planning. Anesthesia is only needed if dental bonding is used to fill the cavities, and the dentist uses a guide shade to match the composite resin to the natural color of your tooth. Preparation consists of roughening the tooth surface and applying a balm to help the resin adhere.


The adhesion of the putty-like substance is then carved into the desired shape on the tooth surface, and a special UV light is used to harden or bond the new material. Dental bonding can solve many oral problems:

* Cavity
* Teeth that appear too short
* Chipped or fractured teeth
* Discolored teeth
* Replacing the amalgam filling
* Misshapen teeth
* Spaces between teeth
* Roots of teeth exposed by gum recession


The bonding procedure steps

1. Dental overview: before proceeding with the dental bonding treatment, it is good for the dentist to try to evaluate the situation and determine how to proceed. In this phase, the dentist analyzes the patient's oral cavity and establishes which tooth needs to be treated, also taking into consideration its color, in order to be able to reproduce it precisely at the time of application of the composite resin.


2. Etching: after having made all the assessments and established which teeth need to be treated, we move on to the etching phase, i.e., the application on the surface of the teeth of a substance that favors the adhesion of the composite resin on the tooth.


3. Application of the composite resin: after the etching phase, the composite resin is applied to the patient's tooth. This is the actual dental bonding phase, in which the resin will match the color of the other teeth and adhere perfectly to the tooth surface. The dentist will then shape the resin to perfectly fit the size of the patient's teeth, reducing the emergence of dental occlusion problems after the procedure. When a dentist uses bonding to fix gaps between your teeth, it is during this step. Your dentist will gently sculpt and extend the edges of the teeth on either side of the gap and essentially widen them to fill in the gap.


4. Drying: in order for the composite resin to bind and adhere perfectly to the tooth surface, the applied resin must be dried using a light source which will harden the part making it appear an integral part of the tooth.


5. Polishing: if the dentist deems it appropriate, the reconstructed area can be subjected to polishing to adapt it to the surrounding teeth.


The results are extraordinary, the effects of the dental bonding before and after the treatment will be quite evident. In fact, a tooth that was previously damaged, chipped or broken appears intact, complete, without a missing part after the dental bonding procedure. Additionally, bonding will make any gaps in between your teeth disappear.

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