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Dr. Sebastian Castellano Explains a Bonding Experience Between You and Your Smile

Dr. Sebastian Castellano Explains Dental Bonding



Dr. Sebastian Castellano Explains a Bonding Experience Between You and Your Smile

Dental Bonding - Dr. Sebastian Castellano Explains

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is the application in which a tooth-colored plastic composite resin to repair a tooth to improve a person’s smile. It is a cost-effective and easy cosmetic solution to for decayed, chipped, fractured, sensitive or discolored tooth. It may also be considered to close spaces between teeth, change the shape of teeth, or to protect an exposed root of a tooth when gums recede.  Consult with Dr. Castellano to determine the best cosmetic approach to your particular situation.

What is the procedure?

There are usually five steps in the procedure, and unless your dentist is using composite bonding to fill a decayed tooth, there is little preparation.

  1. Your dentist will use a shade guide to select the color of resin that most closely matches your teeth.
  2. Then your dentist will roughen the tooth and coat it lightly with a conditioning liquid.  This helps the bonding material adhere to the tooth.
  3. Next, your dentist will apply the putty-like resin which will be molded and smoothed into the desired shape.
  4. The material will be hardened using bright ultraviolet light or laser.
  5. Finally, the material is trimmed, shaped and polished so that the repair blends in with your other teeth.

The procedure can take between 30 minutes and an hour.

Disadvantages of dental bonding

There are several disadvantages of dental bonding.  It is not as stain resistant as other dental procedures.  Coffee, tea and other elements can stain the bonding material, and it is recommended you brush at least two times a day and regularly schedule cleanings with your dental hygienist.  Bonding doesn’t last as long as other dental procedures.  Chewing on ice, pencils or other hard food objects can chip or break it off the tooth.

How long does dental bonding last?

Dental bonding can last between three to 10 years. However, the length of time the bonding material lasts depends on your oral hygiene and habits.

Please contact Dr. Castellano if you would like to discuss dental bonding further.  It may be a cosmetic option that can improve your smile.

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You can reach Dr. Sebastian Castellano at (813) 878-0300.

Office location 302 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, Florida, 33609