Dental bonding is a quick, painless, and relatively simple cosmetic dentistry procedure that can conceal minor chips, cracks, and discoloration. The procedure involves applying a small amount of composite resin to the affected tooth and shaping it to provide a natural-looking enhancement. The bonding material will be color-matched to the shade of your natural teeth so that it blends in seamlessly with your smile. Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. offers dental bonding to patients in Knoxville, TN, and uses precise techniques to help them achieve beautiful outcomes. To learn more about whether bonding can address your aesthetic imperfections, please contact our office and make an appointment with Dr. Zarger.
Your Initial Consultation
Before your bonding treatment, Dr. Zarger will perform a thorough examination of your mouth to ensure that you are free of periodontal disease and decay. The two of you will discuss your goals for treatment, and Dr. Zarger will determine whether bonding is an appropriate recommendation. He will design a personalized treatment plan that may include other procedures. Treatments like teeth whitening, for example, should be performed before your bonding procedure since the composite resin will not respond to bleaching.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
To begin the bonding procedure, Dr. Zarger will apply a mild acid solution to the treated teeth. This etching solution will create tiny fissures in the enamel that will enhance the bonding process. Once your teeth have been fully prepared, Dr. Zarger will begin to apply the bonding material.
Dr. Zarger will apply the composite resin material with an instrument that resembles a fine paintbrush. He will use additional tools to gently shape the material. At this stage he can alter the length and width of the tooth or conceal small imperfections. Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Zarger may need to apply several layers of bonding material to achieve the best outcome. After the bonding solution has been applied, Dr. Zarger will harden the material with a specialized ultraviolet (UV) dental light. You might already be familiar with this process if you have ever had a cavity filled with composite resin.
Finally, Dr. Zarger will refine the treated tooth by making any necessary adjustments to improve its function and appearance. This will consist of ensuring the tooth appears symmetrical and is in line with the surrounding teeth. He will check your bite to ensure proper functionality and polish the surface of the tooth to give it a more natural appearance. Patients are generally very happy with the results of their dental bonding procedure, and many view it as a less time-consuming and more affordable alternative to porcelain veneers. Dental bonding can also be used for restorative procedures such as filling small cavities or repairing teeth with minor damage.
Make an Appointment
Bonding is a safe, effective procedure that can mask minor cosmetic imperfections without requiring the alteration of any natural tooth structure. To learn more about whether this procedure is right for you, please contact us and schedule a dental bonding consultation with Dr. Zarger.