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If you had cause to do dental bonding as a treatment option for your broken tooth/teeth, you should have a realistic expectations of the limitations therein. To the dental care provider, explaining the pros and cons of dental bonding to your patient will go a long way in making them understand what dental bonding can do and won’t do.

In this write-up, we will discuss what dental bonding is, the advantages and disadvantages and everything you need to know about dental bonding. We hope you benefit from this.

What is Dental Bonding?

Tooth bonding is a procedure where your dentist applies a tooth-colored material, known as composite resin to one or more of your teeth to repair damage. Your dentist usually has wide range of colors of composite to match the color of your natural teeth. As such, when you have a dental bonding done, it is usually imperceptible to an onlooker. It is a painless, non-invasive procedure.

Why You May Need Dental Bonding?

The following are the reasons why you may need dental bonding:

  1. Fractured tooth/teeth: Depending on the degree of damage to your tooth, dental bonding may be the perfect replacement for that chipped tooth.

Fractured Anterior Teeth( Before Dental Bonding)

Restored Teeth(After Dental Bonding)

You can imagine the transformation dental bonding can bring!

2. Decayed Tooth

Not all decayed tooth will benefit from dental bonding. Your dentist will usually determine how favorable that decaying tooth will be to dental bonding.

Composite Restoration of a Decayed Tooth

3. Discolored Teeth

There are many options for a discolored tooth, dental bonding is one of them. Not every discolored tooth/teeth can be whitened using over the counter teeth whitening kits being advertised on the internet.

Composite Facing of Discolored Teeth

4. Tooth Size Modification

Do you have a tooth that is shorter than your remaining set of teeth? Dental bonding may be one of the cheap options available to you. Dental bonding can also be used to close those unwanted, embarrassing gaps between your teeth.

Gap Tooth Closure Using Composite

What are the Steps Involved in Dental Bonding?

Firstly, take away your dental fear. Not every dental treatment is painful. Dental bonding is a cosmetic, painless procedure that involves the following steps:

  1. Teeth Shade Selection:

Your dentist will use a shade guide to select the best color of composite that will match the color of your natural teeth.

Shade Guide

2. Teeth Surface Treatment

After shade selection, your dentist will use a special liquid, usually phosphoric acid, to treat the surface of the tooth/teeth to be bonded. This creates micropores on the tooth allowing the composite to adhere firmly to it. Then an oily material, known as a BONDING AGENT will be applied and hardened using a special light, known as Ultraviolet light.

3. Composite Application

After no 2 above, your dentist will apply a material, known as composite resin on the tooth. The dentist will mould and contour the resin material to mimick the natural tooth shape. The moulded material will then be hardened using a blue special light.

The dentist can also using different finishing materials to fine-tune the moulded composite material. This is recreate the natural tooth appearance as much as possible.

How to Take Care of Bonded Teeth

Taking care of your teeth helps extend the life of a bonded tooth. Self-care tips include:

1. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily

2. Avoiding hard food and candy

3. Not biting your nails

4. Avoiding coffee, tea, and tobacco for the first two days after the procedure to avoid stains

5. Scheduling regular dental cleanings every six months.

How Much does a Dental Bonding Cost?

The cost of dental bonding varies depending on the location, expertise and the peculiarity of the tooth to be bonded. In the big cities like Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, a dentist can charge as much as 20,000 Naira, some can charge more.

What Are The Drawbacks of Dental Bonding?

Whoever tells you dental bonding can last a lifetime is being economical with the truth. Dental bonding, like any other tooth restorations can fail. It can be chipped off if you attempt to open a bottle cover with it or any other hard materials. Over a period of time, it can take up stains from coffee, tea, juice etc. Therefore, the longevity of a dental bonding is a function of how good you take care of it. If you can afford to pay more, you can discuss the option of a crown or veneer with your dentist.



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