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Composite Bonding


A man smiling after receiving composite bonding treatment at River's Edge Dental in Great Falls, MTYour smile is a key element of your first impression. A major component of your smile is the condition of your teeth. When your teeth look good, people take notice. However, people also notice if the teeth do not look good. Even minor imperfections can significantly mar the appearance of your smile, and your confidence, leaving the wrong impression on those around you. Fortunately, minor imperfections can be corrected. At River's Edge Dental, we can restore the beauty of your smile with dental bonding, which is a restorative dental procedure.

Restoring the Appearance of Your Teeth


Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that uses composite resin to restore minor flaws in the teeth. Composite resin, which is made up of plastic, fine glass, and other materials, is a tooth-colored material, which provides a seamless restoration. Before curing, composite resin is easily molded and shaped. This makes it quite versatile and able to correct a variety of different issues. Common uses for dental bonding include:
•  Correcting small chips or cracks in the outer layers of the teeth. If the damage extends into the inner layers of the teeth, other treatments become necessary.
•  Filling minor gaps between your teeth.
•  Fixing cavities. Composite resin is frequently used as an alternative to amalgam fillings.
•  Giving a natural size or shape to teeth that are too small or misshapen.
•  Correcting tooth discoloration that has not responded to teeth whitening procedures.

Why Have Composite Bonding?


Composite bonding offers several benefits.
•  The procedure takes only a single visit. It is quick, taking less than an hour to complete. For many patients, it can even take less than 30 minutes.
•  The process is painless. There is no need for even a local anesthetic.
•  We do not need to remove any of your natural tooth structure.
•  When your procedure is over, your smile is completely restored. It is impossible to tell the difference between the composite resin and your natural tooth.
•  Dental bonding is one of the most affordable options for restoring teeth, costing less than veneers and crowns.

Composite Bonding Procedure


Composite bonding is a quick, easy procedure that is completed in a single visit. We begin by cleaning and drying your teeth. Next, an acid etch is applied to the affected teeth where the dental bonding material will be placed. The acid works to create a rough texture on the surface of the enamel. This helps to create a stronger bond between the composite resin and your teeth. The acid is cleaned off the teeth, and they are dried again. The composite resin is applied to the teeth, and we shape it to provide a natural appearance. Finally, a specialized light is used to cure the material, hardening it, and we polish it to a beautiful, smooth finish.

Caring for Your Composite Bonding


While composite bonding provides a beautiful restoration, it is susceptible to damage. To protect your bonding, you should avoid biting or chewing on anything exceptionally hard, such as ice, popcorn kernels, or your fingernails. You should also avoid using your teeth as tools to open packaging. Aside from these considerations, composite bonding can be cared for just like your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will help to ensure that your bonding keeps your smile beautiful for many years.

Restoring the appearance of even the smallest flaws in your teeth can greatly improve your smile and your confidence. Call River's Edge Dental today to learn more and find out if composite bonding is right for you at (406) 315-5882.
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Great Falls, MT 59401-1300

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