Treating Dental Gaps with Bonds

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Dental gaps are a hindrance to your perfect smile. Dental gaps are spaces between the teeth that are formed as a result of teeth being too small for the jaw. Diastema or dental gaps can also be formed due to gum diseases. When the gums suffer from gingivitis the plaque and tartar accumulations lead to gum recession. Receding gums bring forth the gaps between the teeth that remain hidden under healthy gums. Diastema can also be inherited genetically. If your family has had a history of diastema it is possible that you inherited it from your parents. Diastema can have negative effects on the oral health of a person. Gaps between teeth allow more space for plaque and bacterial accumulation, so a person with dental gaps is more prone to gingivitis and periodontitis. But dental gaps are not irreversible they can be cured using dental bonding.

Advantages of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is the process where the teeth are reconstructed by filling in the gaps with a bonding resin. The resin is of the color of the tooth and does not appear to be an anomaly on the teeth. Dental bonding is the most convenient and cheap procedure of cosmetic dentistry. Compared to veneers or crowns, dental bonding doesn’t even require a long duration of time and several dental visits. As nothing needs to be manufactured in a lab for dental bonding, it usually takes only one visit to the dentist’s office. Crowns and veneers require a lot of enamel to be ground off the teeth for a perfect placement. Dental bonding uses the least amount of enamel grinding for bonding the teeth.

Dental Bonding can be used as a treatment for dental problems such as:

  • Decayed teeth by filling bonding resin into the cavities.
  • Chipped or cracked teeth by sealing it with resin.
  • Restore the look of stained and discolored teeth
  • Close the gaps between teeth.
  • Restoring the shape of crooked teeth.
  • Can also be used as an alternative for dental sealants and amalgam filling.

The Procedure for Dental Bonding

The procedure for dental bonding generally does not require anesthesia or any kind of sedation. If the bonding is being used to repair decayed tooth or for filling cavities, anesthesia is used on the local nerves to avoid pain from the drilling required to stabilize the resin after hardening.

For filling the gaps between teeth the surface of the teeth are roughened so that the resin holds on to the teeth. The dentist matches the color of the teeth to the resin using a shade card. The putty-like resin is then applied to the teeth and molded into shape. A blue UV light or laser is used to harden the resin. The hardened surface is then polished to get the bright smile.

Complete teeth bonding takes about 30-60 minutes per tooth, depending on the problem at hand.

Dental Bonding can be very efficiently used to fill gaps between teeth as a result of diastema. If you have receding gums or have gaps between teeth you can contact us for dental bonding at Beverly Heights Dental.