Composite Bonding

At Tennessee River Dental, Dr. Ken Randall proudly provides residents living in Hixson, Chattanooga, Red Bank and Soddy Daisy, TN with a multitude of dental treatments and procedures. Whether you’re looking for a Hixson, TN cosmetic dentist to improve the appearance of your smile or need a family dentist to care for your children’s oral health, we can meet all your family’s dental needs in one convenient location.

Transform Your Smile with Composite Bonding

One of the cosmetic dentistry services we offer people with chipped, fractured, discolored or gapped teeth is cosmetic bonding. This is a technique that has been used in cosmetic dentistry for many decades and can often be done in one single visit to our Hixson, TN dentist office.

What is Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding, which is also called dental bonding, tooth bonding and cosmetic bonding, is a relatively simple procedure which can provide you with a beautiful smile. This procedure involves tooth-colored fillings or dental composites being directly bonded onto the surfaces of natural teeth.

How Composite Bonding is Used

Bonding is an affordable and easy way to improve the appearance of a tooth or teeth. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished so that it perfectly blends in with the surrounding teeth. |Composite bonding can be used to:

  • Alter the shape of a tooth
  • Improve the appearance of chipped teeth
  • Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Close gaps or spaces between teeth
  • As an alternative to amalgam fillings
  • Provide protection to an exposed portion of a tooth root due to gum recession

The Procedure

The first step is to schedule a visit to discuss your treatment goals with Dr. Randall. To begin the procedure, Dr. Randall will choose the resin color that best matches the color of the tooth. The surface of the tooth is then prepared and etched carefully to roughen it. We will then apply a conditioning liquid to the tooth to ensure the bonding material adheres.

Once the tooth is ready, Dr. Randall will apply the tooth-colored resin. The resin is molded and smoothed until it is in the correct shape. Then the material is hardened using a special light or laser. Once the resin hardens, the resin will be further trimmed, shaped and polished so the material blends in with the rest of the tooth surface.

Is Composite Bonding Right For You?

Composite bonding is not for everyone. If you have crooked teeth due to an overbite or underbite, this procedure will not correct it. Bonding is primarily for people who are looking for a way to improve the appearance of a tooth or teeth.

Benefits of Composite Bonding

Improved Appearance – Composite bonding is tooth-colored, so Dr. Randall can exactly match the shade and color to your natural teeth.

Ease of Placement – No extensive tooth preparation is required. Composite bonding is placed easily and quickly for your convenience.

Tooth Conservation – Composite bonding requires minimal tooth preparation to conserve the natural structure of the tooth

Affordable – Composite bonding is a cheaper option than porcelain veneers to make it a cost-effective solution for improving the appearance of your smile.

Composite Bonding After Care

Because a tooth treated with composite bonding is not as strong as natural tooth structure, it is 
important to abstain from habits like biting your fingernails, opening packages with your teeth or chewing on pencils or other objects. The resin material used in bonding can also become stained with coffee, tea and tobacco products being three of the biggest culprits. Therefore, you should avoid food and drinks of that nature for the first two days after your procedure. And of course, try to quit your tobacco habit as it is unhealthy for you! Caring for your bonded teeth is no different that caring for the rest of your teeth: brush & floss daily and see your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

Schedule an Appointment Today

At Tennessee River Dental, we understand how important it is to feel confident about your smile! That is why we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for composite bonding, please schedule an appointment with us today. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you improve the appearance of your smile!