If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, try tooth bonding. This cosmetic dental option is an economical and quick way for patients to fix damaged teeth and is especially popular among patients who do not want a permanent restoration. Tooth bonding can be used to treat cracked, chipped, discolored, and misaligned teeth as well as gaps between teeth.
Dr. Stephen Hoard is a New Bern, North Carolina dentist who provides tooth bonding treatment to patients who want a brighter and more balanced smile. Learn more about dental bonding and the treatment process below.
The Dental Bonding Process
Before treatment, Dr. Hoard will assess your teeth and gums to determine if dental bonding is the right choice for you. To begin the treatment process, Dr. Hoard removes a small portion of the tooth structure to ensure that tooth bonding material adheres to the treated tooth or teeth. Using this material, Dr. Hoard can change the shape and size of teeth because the resin material that is bonded to teeth is pliable before it is hardened.
Dr. Hoard will color match the composite resin bonding material to ensure natural-looking results. The resin will then be sculpted onto the desired tooth and molded until it is comfortable for the patient’s bite. Dr. Hoard uses a UV light to harden and set the resin. Dr. Hoard then polishes the resin for the complete restoration.
After treatment, avoid teeth-staining foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, wine, and soda for at least 48 hours. You can brush and floss your teeth normally after the procedure, but avoid eating hard foods. Dental bonding can last over 10 years with proper dental care.
Receive Dental Treatment Today
Do you want to treat your discolored or damaged teeth? Call Dr. Hoard for comprehensive dental solutions at (252) 507-0373 or schedule a consultation online.