How Bonding Can Help Your Smile

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
July 17, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: bonding  

Composite resin bonding is one of today's most popular and versatile dentistry services. Remaking small enamel defects in size, shape, and color, and also, restoring dental decay, composite resin is realistic, easy, quick, and cost-sparing. Your dentist in Winston Salem, Dr. Denise Perrotta, beautifies smiles with true artistic and technical skill. Learn more here.

Your tooth structure

It's comprised of interior soft pulp, yellow dentin and rock-hard enamel. All three layers contribute to a tooth's vitality, strength, function, and appearance. When the outermost layer--enamel--is chipped, cracked, or pitted, smile appearance is less than satisfactory. However, not all defects require tooth replacement or extensive restoration through fillings, porcelain crowns or dental veneers.

Fixing cosmetic problems

Enter composite resin. A unique blend of glass particles and acrylic, composite resin mimics tooth enamel in strength, color, resiliency and texture. It's well-suited to remake:

  • Gaps
  • Mild overlapping
  • Defects in tooth-length and shape
  • Chips
  • Hairline cracks
  • Craze lines
  • Pits

After examining the tooth in question, the Winston Salem dentist cleans the tooth, buffs it and adds an etching chemical. With the surface prepared, she chooses a resin which matches the color of the natural tooth enamel. She adds the resin to the flaw in layers, hardening each with a special ultraviolet light.

Layer by layer, she builds up the tooth structure and gives it a final shaping and polishing. Also, she checks the dental bite to ensure it is accurate and comfortable. In all, the procedure takes half an hour to an hour and requires no anesthetic of any kind.

Caring for composite resin repairs

Composite resin bonding produces amazing results which last ten years or more, provided you are gentle with your teeth. in other words:

  • Brush twice a day for two minutes as the American Dental Association recommends.
  • Floss daily to stay ahead of plaque and tartar.
  • Get your semi-annual check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Perrotta.
  • Avoid highly staining foods, or limit, them (items such as coffee, blackberries, and curry).
  • Stop all tobacco usage.
  • Wear a bite guard if you repeatedly grind or clench your teeth.

Make dental defects disappear

Find out what composite resin could do for your smile. Contact Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston Salem, NC, for a cosmetic dentistry consultation to learn your options. Phone (336) 760-9258.

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