Dental Bonding FAQ
Q: What is Dental Bonding?
A: Cosmetic dental bonding is a process through which your Shreveport dentist applies a specially prepared material on the surface of your tooth or teeth in order to address minor tooth defects. This bonding material (a composite resin made from glass and plastic components) is the same color as your teeth. The treatment is inexpensive, simple and can last for several years.
Q: What Defects Can Dental Bonding Address?
A: Cosmetic dental bonding is suitable for repairing a large variety of minor defects, such as chipped teeth, localized discoloration, small gaps, and small cracks. Dr. Kacos fixes these defects so perfectly that it will be hard for the average person to identify which one of your teeth have dental bonding resin.
Q: What Are the Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding?
A: We asked our friend, Dr. Fardi Farhat, a dentist in Sterling Heights, MI about the pros and cons of dental bonding. Dr. Farhat says cosmetic dental bonding has numerous advantages. Dental bonding is affordable, it can be completed during one visit to the dentist in Shreveport, LA, it is minimally invasive and it is suitable for kids. On the downside, Dr. Ben Kacos explains that dental bonding isn’t as long lasting as other options, such as dental crowns.
Q: What Steps Are Followed During the Procedure?
A: First, your teeth will be cleaned thoroughly before a special gel is used to “etch” it in preparation for the application of the composite bond resin. Next, the surface preparation gel is rinsed off. Thereafter, Dr. Ben Kacos, Shreveport’s dentist, uses a brush to apply a layer of the bonding resin on the prepared tooth or teeth. He then uses a special light to cure the resin so that it hardens. If necessary, other layers will be applied to this layer and cured until the desired thickness is attained. Lastly, an appropriate dental tool is used to polish and shape the composite resin so that it is indistinguishable from your natural teeth. As you can see, the treatment is minimally invasive, it is reversible and doesn’t cause you any pain or discomfort.
Q: Will the Tooth Be Numbed During the Procedure?
A: No, local anesthetic isn’t needed to numb your tooth while you are undergoing cosmetic dental bonding. This is because the procedure is virtually painless and takes a short time to complete. Only individuals with a bad case of dental phobia may be minimally sedated during the dental bonding process. Don’t hesitate to ask our office about sedation dentistry.
Q: Is Special Care Required After Dental Bonding?
A: The short answer is an emphatic no. But, like all teeth, you will have to brush, floss and get your teeth professionally cleaned by Dr. Ben Kacos twice a year so that your dental health is protected.
Q: Can Another Procedure Be Done Alongside Dental Bonding?
A: Absolutely. Many patients who come to Dr. Kacos, a dentist in Shreveport, LA also have dental contouring (or other procedures) done during the same visit. The material that is scraped off in preparation for cosmetic dental bonding can be used elsewhere, i.e. fill a gap in another tooth.
Q: How Can I Determine My Eligibility for Dental Bonding?
A: The only way to be certain that you qualify for cosmetic dental bonding is by visiting a dentist in Shreveport, such as Dr. Ben Kacos, for a thorough assessment. He will then tell you whether bonding is suitable for you, or another treatment would be better in your case.
Do you have any other questions about dental bonding? Contact Dr. Ben Kacos or schedule an appointment so that all your concerns can be addressed.