Everything You Need to Know About Tooth Bonding

Do you have a gap between your teeth that bothers you? Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to have the gap closed, or fixed? Here at Petrolia Dental, we have a team of general dentists providing cosmetic dentistry that can introduce you to dental bonding and help close the gap that’s been staring at you from the mirror for years.

A gap between two of your teeth, commonly the two front teeth, is called a diastema. It’s very common for people to have one of these gaps. There is no health-related reason to closing this gap, but for many, the way it looks causes them emotional distress and impacts their confidence and self-esteem.

Fixing a diastema using bonding is simple, safe, and effective, and it’s a procedure with which the team at Petrolia Dental in South Edmonton has completed many times.

Tooth bonding is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses a composite resin that matches the colour of your teeth. Bonding is used to close gaps between teeth, but it’s also used for fixing chipped or cracked teeth, or tooth discolouration. The experts at your dentist in South Edmonton can take this resin and sculpt it into the exact shape and size needed to cover the gap between your teeth, creating a straight, cohesive smile with no gaps.

Tooth bonding can be started and finished in a single visit. First, the dentist and team will roughen the area of the gap to make it easier for the bonding resin to adhere to the area. In cases of severe gaps, it may be necessary to numb the area first, making sure there is no pain or discomfort felt during this step. Next, your dentist will apply the resin bonding material. It has the look and feel of a putty, which makes it possible for your dentist and team to mold and shape the putty in your mouth and ensure it fits the space precisely. Once the resin is applied and your cosmetic dentist is pleased with the way it looks, they will use ultraviolet light to harden the bonding material and ensure it stays in place for many years to come. Next, a polish is used to smooth out the material and ensure it doesn’t irritate your lips or tongue, creating a smooth surface that makes it easy to bite, chew, and function as normal.

If you have a gap between your teeth that you want to have repaired or are interested in learning more about tooth bonding and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact the team at Petrolia Dental today.