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Dental Bonding

Dental Bonding In Escondido, CA

If you’re uncomfortable with your smile in Escondido, Dr. Douglas Hope is here to help you restore your smile with dental bonding. Bonding is a fast, affordable, and non-invasive way to restore the shape, color, and appearance of one or more teeth. Learn more below, or contact us now to schedule an appointment today.

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses dental composite to reshape one or more of your natural teeth. This composite is similar to the material used in a tooth-colored filling, but it’s applied directly to the surface of the tooth, rather than into a cavity.

Dr. Hope will use special dental tools to apply the tooth-colored bonding material to the surface of your tooth, and then sculpt and shape the dental composite to cover up flaws in the tooth. With dental bonding, you can fix a wide variety of cosmetic dental issues including gaps in your smile, misshapen and uneven teeth, minor chips, and stained or yellowed teeth.

The process of bonding takes just 30-60 minutes per tooth, so many patients opt to have multiple teeth treated at once. It is also non-invasive, and requires no drilling or removal of your natural enamel, so bonding is usually done without numbing shots.

What Do I Do If I Chip A Tooth?

If you chip your tooth, the first thing you should do is call the office of Dr. Douglas G. Hope for a consultation. Even a small chip in your tooth can weaken it significantly, negatively affect your appearance, and result in a higher risk of issues like tooth decay.

Once you arrive at our office for your appointment, Dr. Hope will check how deep the chip is. If your tooth has only a minor chip, it may be possible to treat it and restore it with a cosmetic dental treatment like dental bonding or a dental veneer.

However, if you have a deep, large chip in your tooth, Dr. Hope will recommend that you get a dental crown, instead. Crowns are made of porcelain and are shaped just like a natural tooth. They provide superior protection for damaged teeth, so they are typically a better option for treating severely chipped, cracked, and broken teeth.

Is Dental Bonding Permanent?

Dental bonding, just like every other type of cosmetic dentistry procedure, is not completely permanent. Eventually, your bonding will wear down, and the bonding material may break, crack, or fall off of your tooth.

However, while it’s not permanent, dental bonding is very long-lasting. It typically lasts up to 5-7 years, and can last as long as 10 years with proper at-home oral care and routine visits to the office of Dr. Douglas G. Hope.

To prolong the lifespan of your bonded teeth, you should avoid chewing non-food objects like pens and pencils, fingernails, and erasers. It’s also a good idea to chew hard foods like almonds and popcorn kernels with your rear teeth, as this could damage your bonding.

You also should never use your teeth as tools to do things like tear open packages, rip tape, or for any other purpose besides smiling and chewing. Doing so could damage your bonding, as well as your natural teeth.

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