Dental Bonding

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Dental bonding is a procedure used to fill teeth after removing cavities and to correct certain imperfections. With just one visit with Dr. Griffin, you can regain the natural appearance of teeth by correcting gaps, spots, chips, and discolorations. The material Dr. Griffin uses is the most advanced strong and durable resin that is available to be used by dentists. Dr. Griffin precisely matches the resin’s color to the patient’s actual tooth color to accomplish perfection in as little as half an hour per tooth.

Many people feel shy and insecure about smiling due to the imperfections in their teeth, stained teeth, and minor chips or gaps that can easily be fixed by Dr. Griffin within minutes. Finally, you can smile with confidence!

Dental Bonding Procedure

Dr. Griffin begins by matching the resin color with the patient’s natural tooth color. The surface of the tooth is roughened and a liquid conditioner is applied.  This makes it easier for the bonding material to stick. Next, the resin is applied to the tooth and molded precisely to a perfect shape. A “curing” light is shined on the resin to harden it onto the tooth’s surface. Dr. Griffin then smoothes the resin and shapes it further to perfection, then finalizes his art with a sparkling polish.

Dental bonding can be used for other tooth and health care needs as well. Due to the overwhelming scientific evidence proposed about the toxic effects of mercury and some other metals used for dental amalgam fillings, dental bonding has become the number one alternative to amalgam dental fillings and is now preformed as the standard practice by top dentist throughout the world for dental fillings. Dental bonding may even be used to cover the root of a tooth such as when a patient has a case of receding gums.

Dental Bonding pros

-Considered easier and less expensive than some other treatments such as veneers.
-Usually requires only one office visit (in most cases).
-The entire procedure is handled in the office without having to involve time or laboratories.
-Cosmetic dental bonding often does not involve the use of anesthetics (except for repairing previously placed amalgam fillings).
-The patient only feels minor pressure during the procedure without any anesthetics.
-A very minimal amount of the tooth enamel is removed during this procedure resulting in more of your tooth enamel remaining intact.

Dental Bonding cons

The resins used for dental bonding are less stain-resistant than those used in creating crowns or veneers so many dentists suggest dental bonding for making smaller changes.  The porcelain used for veneers and crowns is stronger and thus should have a longer life.

Find out more about General Dentistry Services and Dental Hygiene with Dr. Paul Griffin, D.D.S.!