Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is used to repair teeth that have been chipped, stained or decayed. It is a fast, easy procedure that can be used for many minor cosmetic flaws. Our Thousand Oaks dental bonding expert can perform a dental bonding procedure in a single dental visit.
One of the most affordable treatments in cosmetic dentistry, dental bonding is also extremely versatile. It can be shaped to match the rest of the tooth and polished for a bright, natural look. Although bonding is typically used to correct the appearance of a damaged tooth, it can also be used to close gaps or to change the shape and color of teeth. Our expert in dental bonding in Thousand Oaks can also use dental bonding to fill cavities or protect exposed roots.
If you are a candidate for dental bonding, our Thousand Oaks dental bonding expert will begin by preparing the tooth. Unlike many other dental procedures, dental bonding generally requires no anesthetic. After the correct color of resin has been chosen, an etching liquid will be applied to the tooth. This creates a rough surface that more easily adheres to the bonding material. A conditioning liquid will then be applied and will act like a primer to strengthen the bond.
Our expert in dental bonding in Thousand Oaks will apply the resin material and mold it to match the shape of your tooth. The material is cured, or hardened, using a special light and then trimmed, shaped and polished. This creates an attractive, natural-looking restoration.
Most dental bondings can be completed in about an hour, but if you need several teeth bonded, your treatment time may be longer, or we may recommend several dental visits. Dental bonding is not porcelain, which means that it can stain, so you may need to avoid tea, coffee and other staining substances for a few days after having the procedure. Good dental hygiene and regular dental visits are also important. If you would like to learn more about how dental bonding can improve your smile, we can help. Contact our dentist in Thousand Oaks today to schedule your appointment.