Why would you consider Dental Bonding for Your Teeth?

Closeup of a chipped tooth

Dental bonding is an option patients consider when they have:

• Decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
• Need to repair chipped or cracked teeth
• Are interested in improving the appearance of discolored teeth
• Want to close spaces between teeth
• To make teeth look longer
• To change the shape of teeth
• As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
• To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede

What’s involved with this procedure?  A resin material that matches the color of your teeth (a durable plastic material) is applied and a special light is used to harden the material, which “bonds” the resin material to the tooth to repair and restore the tooth to its natural shape and condition.

At Larrondo Dentistry, Dr. Jorge E. Larrondo will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that matches your tooth color.  In preparation for the tooth bonding, Dr. Larrondo will roughen and apply a conditioning liquid to the tooth that helps the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The putty-like resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. Anesthesia in most cases is not necessary, but in the case of a decayed tooth which requires a filling, anesthesia is recommended.

It takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete the bonding process. The advantages to using dental bonding, is that it is the easiest and least expensive options of the cosmetic dental procedures.  Other cosmetic option such as veneers and crowns, require porcelain tooth coverings that in most cases need to be manufactured in a dental laboratory.

Due to some limitations of dental bonding, Dr. Larrondo may recommend this only for small cosmetic changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (for example, front teeth). Consult with Dr. Larrondo about the best cosmetic approach for your particular problem.

Larrondo Dentistry is a full service dental practice that specializes in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, gum disease, and general dentral practices.  To contact Dr. Jorge E. Larrondo, please feel free to call him at 951-925-6596 or stop by his office which is located at 160 South Santa Fe Street, Hemet, CA.

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