Dental Bonding
Photograph of a perfect smile from Keith A. Boenning, DDS in Towson, MDTooth bonding is the application of composite resin to repair a damaged tooth. Composite resin is a putty-like material that can be molded and color-matched to mimic the appearance of natural enamel. When properly bonded to a tooth, resin composite can be used for minor cosmetic issues and restorative treatments. At Keith A. Boenning, DDS our team can improve the aesthetics and function of your damaged tooth with tooth bonding.

When Is Bonding Appropriate?


Dr. Keith A. Boenning may recommend tooth bonding if:
•  You have a decayed tooth. Composite resin is an effective alternative to amalgam fillings.
•  You need to repair a cracked tooth. Composite resin can improve the structure and seal off bacteria.
•  You need to repair a chipped tooth. Composite resin can be used to fix the appearance of a chipped tooth in a natural and discrete manner.
•  You want to close a large gap between teeth.
•  You want to change the shape of an abnormal tooth.
•  You want to make a tooth appear longer.
•  You want to cover the appearance of a discolored tooth.
•  You need to protect an exposed portion of the root.

Bonding Procedure


During a consultation appointment, we will determine whether or not tooth bonding is right for you. Once we have developed an appropriate treatment plan, we can begin the procedure. Most tooth bonding procedures can be completed within a single appointment. If multiple teeth are involved, we may need to schedule a follow-up.

During the procedure, will roughen up the surface of the tooth to ensure the composite resin properly adheres to the tooth. Next, we will apply the composite resin and mold it to the desired shape. When we are satisfied with the results, we will use special curing like to harden the material. After the material has properly bonded to the tooth, we will ask you to bite down. Finally, any excess material will be trimmed, and the composite resin will be polished to match the sheen of your existing tooth. The entire process usually takes 30 minutes to an hour per tooth.

Caring for a Bonded Tooth


Tooth bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic procedures. Once the procedure is complete, your bonded teeth will not require any special care. To avoid future complications, be sure to implement a strong oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. For extra protection, you may also want to use an antibacterial mouthwash. Regular check-ups and professional cleanings with your general dentist are also an important part of your oral hygiene.

Try to avoid certain habits if you want to improve the longevity of your bonded tooth. Chewing on ice, fingernails, or pen caps can lead to damage. If your bonded tooth does chip or break, be sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. You should also schedule an appointment if the tooth feels odd or sharp when you bite down.

Schedule Your Consultation Today


If you have a tooth in need of dental bonding call (410) 828-1717 and schedule your consultation today!
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