Teeth Bonding

How Does This Treatment Work?

Teeth bonding, also known as ‘tooth-colored fillings’, is another popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that we offer to help improve your smile. As the name indicates, a composite material made of either a plastic or resin is bonded to an existing tooth to repair any decay, discoloration, or chips. Since the composite can come in various shades, it allows for better matching to the natural color of your teeth. Our experienced Sarasota dentist, Dr. Adam Still, will perform an in-depth evaluation of your teeth to see if dental bonding is right for you.

Unlike veneers or crowns, cosmetic composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth. Dr. Still will apply the resin on your tooth to mold and smooth into its proper shape. Once the bonding hardens, he will further trim and polish the material to match the natural surface of your teeth. Since your tooth’s original structure is still in place, the process usually takes less than one hour and is relatively inexpensive compared to veneers and crowns.


Dental Bonding Maintenance

Due to its convenience and quick treatment time, dental bonding is used as an alternative to amalgam for fillings where there has been decay or to protect the tooth’s root that has been exposed by gum recession. Otherwise, bonding is a common solution for:

  • Fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth

  • Improving the appearance of your teeth and enhancing your smile

  • Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth

  • Replacing old, dark amalgam restorations

Unfortunately, composite bonding are not as durable and long lasting as veneers and caps and they cannot be used to replace extremely large restorations. They may need to be re-touched or replaced over time since the bonding can become damaged or wear away.  Composite bonding is also more susceptible to staining, so they require proper care and regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, you should brush and floss daily to ensure that the bonded area of your teeth stays clean and free from any food particles or damaging bacteria. To prevent staining, it is recommended that avoid some common staining elements including coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine and candy.


Contact Your Sarasota Dentist

Our friendly staff at Smile Sarasota strives to make your experience at our dental office a comfortable and welcoming one. We understand that making changes to your teeth can have a lasting effect, which is why our dentist will work closely with you to ensure that your needs are being met. If you have any questions on our teeth bonding procedure, please fill out our online appointment request form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Adam Still. We look forward to seeing you soon!