How bonding is used in cosmetic dentistry

Bonding is a procedure used by cosmetic dentists in Manhattan; it is when a material is attached to the surface of a tooth using a chemical bond. The most typical uses for bonding are to re-contour the front teeth by filling naturally occurring gaps, repairing chips and cracks on the biting surfaces of the front teeth or changing the color of the tooth by putting an entire veneer of resin over the tooth in question.

Because the material that is used to perform the tooth restoration is bonded to the tooth’s surface there is far less drilling than in the past where the filling had to be retained in the tooth rather than on it. As a result of this process, less of the tooth has to be removed. Since there is less drilling involved and there is less marginal leakage, bonding results in a tooth restoration that is less sensitive than its predecessor. In many cases the bonding can be done without the use of any anesthetic.

Bonded tooth restorations are far more attractive than the older methods and materials that were used. The resins that are used for the cosmetic restoration are available in a wide range of color options, one of which is bound to match the color of the patient’s natural teeth. The composite material bonds well but also has the ability to expand and contract, this results in fewer teeth that break and chip.

Depending upon the condition of the teeth to be restored by bonding, this Cosmetic dentistry in Manhattan procedure can either take place in the dentist’s office or the restorations can be made in a dental lab. If the section of the tooth that requires restoration is small, it can be done in house in a single visit. If the area of restoration is quite large it will take a minimum of two visits, on the first visit the tooth will be prepared and a temporary restoration will be done, the permanent restoration will be done on the second visit.

Once the restoration process has been completed, the patient is advised to treat them as he or she would treat natural teeth. Brushing and flossing are to be done as normal. If the reason for the damage to the teeth was a tendency to grind the teeth, often the dentist will fit a guard which is to be slipped over the teeth at night.

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