Dentist Seattle: Dental Bonding
If you have teeth that are broken or chipped, or if there are small gaps between your teeth, then you may feel self-conscious about your smile. You may even avoid smiling or laughing in front of others, so that they don’t see the problems with your teeth.
Fortunately, you don’t have to live this way forever. Of course, broken teeth don’t heal, but your dentist in Seattle can offer you a solution that makes it appear as though they have. It’s called dental bonding, and it’s a simple and affordable treatment.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding uses composite resin, which is the same material that’s used in fillings. It’s a tooth-colored material that comes in several different shades; your dentist in Seattle prepares it to match your tooth as closely as possible, mixing different shades as needed. The difference between a filling and bonding is that, with a filling, there’s damage to the tooth structure that must be drilled out and replaced. With bonding, the material is applied to the tooth without any drilling, to change the size or shape of the tooth.
What is the process for dental bonding?
Dental bonding is one of the easiest cosmetic procedures that your dentist in Seattle can perform. It takes only one appointment. Your dentist will first prepare the composite resin, creating the right shade to match your tooth. Next, your tooth is thoroughly cleaned and lightly etched to help the resin bond to the tooth.
The resin is applied as a thick liquid; your dentist carefully applies layers of resin to create the right size and shape. He then sculpts and polishes the material to create a natural look that blends with the other teeth. When the desired look has been achieved, then your dentist in Seattle uses a specialized light to “cure” the resin, turning it into a hard material that very closely resembles the natural tooth.
What are the advantages of dental bonding?
Dental bonding takes only one appointment, making it one of the fastest and most convenient cosmetic dental procedures available. Dental bonding also involves minimal alteration of natural tooth structure. For veneers and crowns, a small amount of tooth enamel must be removed to make room for their placement. With bonding, your dentist in Seattle simply adds the resin to the existing tooth structure, with no need to remove enamel; some patients prefer this.
If you have teeth that are cracked, chipped, have small gaps between them, or are just too small, then you have two main options: dental bonding or veneers. Dental bonding works well when it’s just one or a few teeth that need to be fixed; more extensive problems with the smile may be better treated with veneers.
Are you considering dental bonding?
If you have problems with the appearance of your teeth, and you’d like to consider dental bonding as a solution, then you need to find a dentist in Seattle to examine you and offer professional advice on what would work in your particular situation. Ideally, you want to find a dentist who has excellent technical skills, to perform the procedure at top quality. Additionally, you may want your dentist to offer sedation dentistry, which helps people who feel anxious or nervous during dental procedures to feel calmer and more relaxed at the dentist’s office.
There’s a dentist in Seattle who meets all of these criteria: Dr. Mark Caggiano of Seattle’s Best Smiles. From his office, conveniently located in beautiful Madison Valley, he offers sedation dentistry along with his wealth of experience and knowledge in performing dental procedures. To book your appointment with Dr. Caggiano, please contact our office.