Dental bonding is a procedure where Dr. Kashfian, Chatsworth cosmetic dentist, utilizes a tooth-colored filling material to restore a tooth. This durable material is applied to prepared teeth and cured with a special light.
Dental bonding is generally used to:
• Repair decayed teeth
• Repair damaged teeth, such as teeth that have been chipped or cracked
• Improve the aesthetics of discolored teeth
• Eliminate spaces in between teeth
• Alter the shape of a tooth
• Protect the root of a tooth exposed as a result of gum recession
Since there is minimal tooth preparation needed in dental bonding procedures, the use of anesthesia is not often required. However, anesthesia may be necessary when dental bonding is used to restore decayed teeth. Dr. Kashfian, Beverly Hills dental bonding dentist, will select a shade of composite material so that the restoration can blend in with the natural teeth. Next, the surfaces of the teeth will be prepared with a conditioning liquid. The tooth-colored resin will then be applied and ideally shaped by Dr. Kashfian. A special light will then be used to cure the composite material. After the material has properly set, the restoration will be shaped and polished to perfection.
Dental bonding has various advantages compared to other restoration techniques. This method is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to improve a patient’s smile. Unlike dental veneers and porcelain crowns, minimal amount of tooth structure is removed during this process. In addition, in most cases dental bonding procedures can be completed by Dr. Kashfian in as little as one office visit without the use of anesthesia.
Although dental bonding materials are resistant to staining, porcelain dental crowns are more effective in repelling stains over time. In comparison to porcelain veneers and dental crowns, dental bonding material may not be as durable, since this material can fracture and chip with extreme bite forces. Despite the limitations to dental bonding, this procedure is quite effective when used to enhance the aesthetics of a patient’s smile. Minor cosmetic changes, correction of cosmetic defects, and restorations for areas with minimal bite forces can be achieved with dental bonding.
It is also important to discuss all treatment options with Dr. Kashfian in order to determine the best course of action for your oral health care needs.