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Cracked a Tooth? You Could Need Dental Bonding

March 26, 2013

Ouch!! Bit down too hard into that frozen candy bar and felt a shooting pain? You just might have cracked or chipped a tooth. The best solution for a cracked tooth? Dental Bonding.

What exactly is Dental Bonding?tooth

Dental bonding is when Dr. Hayner adds a tooth-colored plastic adhesive that fills the crack. He will mold it around the tooth so that it blends in with your other teeth seamlessly.  Dental bonding is relatively painless and is can typically be performed without anesthesia.

If you’re having tooth bonding done on several teeth, you may need to schedule more than one visit; a dental bonding procedure on one tooth takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Just remember once you have dental bonding –

  • Watch Your Bite!  The material used in dental bonding is not as strong as a tooth. If you bite your nails, or ice cubes, or the pens in your office, you risk chipping the material again – or another tooth!
  • No Coffee or Wine for 48 Hours!  The material used in tooth bonding is also susceptible to staining during the first 48 hours after the procedure. So avoid tea, coffee, wine and other food and drink that might stain your teeth for the first two days after tooth bonding.

If you follow a consistent oral care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing with a soft floss, your bonding should last for several years before it will need to be replaced.

Tips sourced by: Oral B

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