Through the practice of good oral hygiene habits and the maintenance of regular dental cleanings, many patients are able to avoid the need for major dental work. However, even with our best efforts, it is likely that we will experience minor dental problems. Even minor dental problems can have a negative effect on the health and appearance of your smile. This is why Dr. Robert G. Veligdan offers dental bonding treatment to address minor dental imperfections.
Dental Bonding Uses
Dental bonding can be used to address the minor dental problems that can affect both the health and beauty of the smile. Some problems that may be corrected with dental bonding include:
- Teeth with poor color or surface stains
- Teeth that are not ideally spaced
- Teeth that have chips or rough edges
- Teeth that appear uneven in size or shape
- A replacement for tooth structure that has been lost or damaged by decay
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Dr. Veligdan can let you know if you are a candidate for dental bonding treatment.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
Many dental treatments involve the use of dental restorations or pieces that need to be fabricated at a dental lab. With dental bonding, we use a resin that we have right here in our office; we apply the resin to the tooth and shape it to mask dental flaws. This allows Dr. Veligdan to complete the procedure in one, short dentist appointment. An etching solution will create crevices in the tooth that aid in the bonding process. We will apply a layer of resin to the damaged areas of your tooth (or teeth) and then file it down so that it appears to be natural tooth material. We will then use a high-intensity light to cure the material to your tooth. This strengthens the material and completes the bonding process.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding treatment offers patients the following benefits:
- Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure
- Dental bonding can be performed without the use of anesthesia (except when being used as a dental filling)
- Dental bonding preserves more of the natural tooth than other dental procedures
- Dental bonding can usually be completed in one appointment of just 30 to 60 minutes
Alternatives to Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is the best solution for many minor dental problems, but it may not be the right treatment for more serious dental problems. When patients are experiencing severe issues such as tooth decay, fractures, or missing teeth, more intensive treatments will likely be necessary. Dr. Veligdan may suggest to his patients in Manhattan porcelain veneers, dental crowns, dental implants, or other procedures to address more serious dental problems.