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Cosmetic Dental Bonding


Bonding is the application of composite material to your natural tooth surface. This is an option for repairing a tooth that has small cosmetic problems. Using a ceramic resin that is colored to blend with your surrounding teeth, we are able to cover up these issues with a product that is fairly durable.

What is Dental Bonding Used for?

Dental Bonding can be used to change the appearance of the tooth. We are able to:
•  Fill in chips.
•  Fill in gaps.
•  Lengthen a tooth.
•  Cover discoloration in a tooth.

What is the Cosmetic Bonding Process?

Dr. Perkiomaki adheres the ceramic resin material directly onto the surface of your tooth which is then hardened with a bright ultraviolet light. Cosmetic bonding is a cost effective solution that looks natural, improves your tooth shape, and is a small change that can create a dramatic effect. Bonding material is not permanent, it will require replacement every 3-10 years, but is a less expensive option than the more permanent solutions such as dental crowns, bridges, and porcelain veneers. All these options should be discussed with our office at Jukka J. Perkiomaki, DMD. We can help you decide the best option for you.

What are the Advantages of Bonding?

The bonding process can be completed in a single appointment. This makes dental bonding one of the most cost-effective and easiest ways to repair a damaged tooth.

How Does Bonding Compare to Other Teeth Restorations?

Dental bonding is seen as a conservative alternative to other dental restorations. If you do need to repair a damaged tooth, we can help you weigh out your options, before deciding on a treatment plan.

•  Teeth Veneers: Porcelain veneers are used to improve the appearance and structure of a chipped, cracked, broken, discolored, or abnormally shaped tooth. The veneer is a razor-thin shell that fits over the front surface of the tooth. Each veneer is fabricated using porcelain because it provides an unmatched aesthetic value. The procedure is considered irreversible because veneers require a minor reshaping of the enamel. We may recommend dental bonding if you want a more conservative and cost-effective option.

•  Dental Crowns: A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over the visible portion of a damaged tooth. The dental crown procedure involves a complete reshaping of the natural enamel. In most cases, dental crowns are reserved for a tooth that has been badly damaged by trauma or decay. In other cases, we may recommend dental bonding.

•  Dental Bridge: A traditional dental bridge is used to fill the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge consists of two dental crowns that are linked together by a pontic, or false tooth. Usually, there is not much overlap between a bridge and bonding. However, we may use composite resin to fabricate your dental bridge. Although composite resin is a reliable material, we often recommend porcelain, because of improved aesthetics and durability.

•  Dental Emergencies: Bonding can also be used for dental emergencies. Knowing what to do when a dental emergency can mean the difference between losing and saving a tooth. If you chip, fracture, or break a tooth, be sure to contact us immediately. Depending on the severity of your situation, we may be able to repair your tooth with dental bonding. In fact, one of the most common uses for dental bonding involves the restoration of a chipped or fractured tooth. If you do have a cracked tooth, be sure to immediately rinse out your mouth with warm water. You can also put a cold compress on your face to reduce swelling. Be sure to see us as soon as possible so that we can repair your tooth.

Can I Brush and Floss a Tooth That has had Dental Bonding?

Caring for a bonded tooth is easier than you may think. Just be sure to implement an excellent oral healthcare routine. Regular appointments and professional cleanings are also important if you want to properly maintain a bonded tooth!

Can I get Teeth Whitening if I’ve had Composite Bonding?

Many people are interested in the tooth whitening process because they want a brighter, more beautiful smile, but be sure to contact us first! If you have a bonded tooth, let Dr. Perkiomaki know before you proceed with the whitening process, as most bonding materials do not respond well to the bleaching process. If this is the case for you, we may recommend another alternative.

Schedule Your Dental Bonding Appointment

If you would like to learn more about the dental bonding process or schedule an appointment, call us today at (503) 292-8996.

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