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Services from Your Cosmetic Dentist in Philadelphia: Dental Bonding

By Gerald Regni, DMD on January 28, 2014

In essence, you turn to your local Philadelphia cosmetic dentist for dental problems that mainly involve appearance and function – as when you get into an accident and your teeth get chipped or even completely broken. Dentists like Gerald Regni, DMD have various treatments that aim to address the different aspects of your dental aesthetic problems. Dental bonding, for one, allows you to hide any deformity or defect in your teeth and to project a brighter smile.

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What It Is

Dental bonding is a procedure that involves melding a composite resin substance (which is meant to blend with the color of your teeth) on an existing tooth. Unlike treatments such as veneers, which are more or less temporary shells that could be removed, this resin is hardened using a special light for a more solid fix.

Considerations

Basically, you can have this procedure if you have chipped or broken teeth that you want to repair, or a few discolored ones that you want to hide. Moreover, aside from being purely cosmetic, dental bonding can help repair decaying (or already decayed) teeth, as the composite resin is meant to fill up cavities.

Pros

When you want to have veneers or crowns set up, you might have to wait quite a while because these fixtures are customized in a laboratory to precisely fit and match your teeth. Dental bonding, however, can be done within a single visit, if you’re having one tooth bonded and it doesn’t have any additional problems. Some dental bonding work could take longer or require multiple visits, depending on the number of teeth that need to be bonded.

Procedure

According to WebMD, this is the common procedure for dental bonding:
"The surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid applied. These procedures help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, putty-like resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the material. After the material is hardened, your dentist will further trim and shape it, and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface."

If you think that this is the right procedure for you, contact your trusted dentist and ask for advice. While this excellent innovation in cosmetic dentistry in Philadelphia is meant to be an efficient and low-cost procedure, it’s still important to ensure that you are a valid candidate before deciding to receive the treatment.

(Article Information and Image from Tooth bonding, WebMD)

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