Dental Bonding

Springfield Smiles Family Dental

Soumyata Heggade, DDS

General Dentist located in Springfield, VA

Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment that improves the appearance of your teeth with a tooth-colored resin that is applied to your teeth by hand. Dr. Soumyata Heggade offers dental bonding treatments at Springfield Smiles Family Dental, located in Springfield, Virginia. If you are concerned about chips or worn edges on your teeth, call or book an appointment online today to learn if dental bonding is the right treatment to correct your smile.

Dental Bonding Q & A

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin to repair and restore a damaged tooth. It’s a popular cosmetic treatment to correct gaps and unevenly shaped teeth and is also an alternative to silver amalgam fillings.

It’s one of the least invasive and least expensive cosmetic dental treatments available today and can correct a range of dental issues in just one appointment.

What dental imperfections does dental bonding correct?

Dr. Heggade uses dental bonding to repair damaged teeth and restore your smile. Some of the imperfections Dr. Heggade repairs with dental bonding include:

  • Chips
  • Uneven spacing
  • Unevenly sized or shaped teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Cavity filling
  • Protecting tooth roots exposed by gum recession

What happens during a dental bonding treatment?

Dr. Heggade first selects resin in a color that most closely matches your teeth. Then, she gently scratches the surface of the tooth being treated to create a rough patch that helps the resin stick.

Dr. Heggade then applies a light layer of conditioning liquid that also helps the resin to attach to your tooth.

Once your tooth is prepared, Dr. Heggade carefully applies the resin to your tooth, molding it to create an even shape and correct the appearance of your tooth. At this point in the process, the resin is pliable and putty-like.

Finally, after Dr. Heggade has hand-crafted the resin, she directs a special LED light at your tooth to harden the resin.

If Dr. Heggade uses dental bonding to fill a cavity, she removes the decayed part of the tooth before filling your tooth with the resin and using the LED light to harden it.

Dental bonding takes approximately half an hour, but your appointment may take longer if Dr. Heggade treats several teeth.

How should I take care of my teeth after dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a painless procedure, and you shouldn’t experience any sensitivity following treatment. You should brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day and floss daily.

You may want to avoid coffee and tea, both of which can stain your teeth and your dental bonding treatment. It’s also important to have your biannual checkups and professional cleanings with Dr. Heggade.

Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about dental bonding treatments.

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