Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure in which a tooth-colored resin or a glass ionomer material is applied and bonded to existing teeth. Bonding is most often used for cosmetic purposes. Dental bonding is also used as an alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed because of gum recession. Dr. Adelstein does not use amalgam in any of his fillings.
The dental bonding procedure typically takes approximately 30-45 minutes. First, Dr. Adelstein will determine the color match your original tooth color so it appears completely natural. Then, using microabrasion technology, Dr. Adelstein will lightly scuff the surface of the tooth. This is done so that the bonding material will adhere to the enamel. After molding the bonding material onto the tooth and securing it in place, Dr. Adelstein will gently clean and shine the area to ensure a natural finish.
With proper home hygiene, dental bonding and composite fillings can last for many years. This would include brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and maintaining a healthy diet.