Composite Dental Bonding
Palo Alto, CA
Not all tooth repairs require higher cost options such as veneers or crowns. Dental bonding is a cost effective, easy treatment allowing us to make simple repairs which are completed in one visit. At Palo Alto Oral Health, we can apply a tooth-colored composite quartz material to cover chips, fill gaps, repair broken enamel and even hide stains. Fixing problems in your teeth can be easier than you think.
Dental bonding is a treatment we offer to make small repairs to teeth. We use the same filling material that is used to fill cavities and then shape it, allow it to harden and polish it. The end result is a beautiful tooth.
What is Composite Material?
We often simply say composite, which means blend. In dentistry, we use a filling material that is a blend of quartz, ceramic and a strong resin. In decades past, composite was not considered a highly durable material, but the blend used today is stronger and very durable with high resistance to fracture. With these advances and the benefit of matching the natural coloring of teeth, composite fillings are much more common.
Common Repairs for Teeth
There are a variety of small repairs that can be made to teeth to enhance their look and improve your smile. Small damage can be repaired with dental bonding treatment, including:
|Chips: Chipped teeth is actually quite common, though enamel is hard we do use our teeth multiple times a day and damage occurs. We can repair chips in your most visible front teeth and the broken cusps of back teeth, though sometimes an onlay may be a better option.
|Broken or Cracked: Teeth can become broken, fractured or cracked from injury, after being weakened, or sometimes even just regular use. Damaged teeth generally don’t come with a warning sign and can sometimes be very painful. Larger fractures or cracks may require the placement of a dental crown, or an onlay, severe fractures may require extraction which can then be restored with a dental implant. Smaller fractures and cracks can be repaired with dental bonding.
|Stained: Teeth can have surface stains, or they can have stains that are part of the enamel layer. These deeper enamel stains include fluorosis, can occur from medications, and more. They are known as intrinsic stains, and they can’t be whitened away, but we can resurface the tooth with composite material, permanently hiding the stains under a layer of composite material.
|Cosmetic Enhancement: Besides repairs, we can enhance the look of your teeth with dental bonding techniques. We can close gaps or help your front teeth be more even by lengthening the enamel.
Dental Bonding Procedure
Using dental bonding techniques is a perfectly adequate and more affordable solution to certain dental problems. Following your dental exam, we can discuss this treatment option as well as other options such as dental crowns, veneers, bridge and more. Our patients love dental bonding because it can take less time to accomplish, may not require anesthesia and depending upon the issue, insurance may cover it.
Before placement, we clean the area to remove any bacteria or buildup. We then color match the material. The material is blended with resin creating a putty like material. Composite adheres to enamel for a firm hold. We mold it, shape it, and harden it with a blue light. Once firm, we then polish the material giving it an appearance that closely matches your natural teeth. Want to learn more about Modern Dental Bonding ?
Dental bonding could be the solution you’re looking for. Give us a call at (650) 321-9693 so we can discuss your options with you.