Dental Bonding Specialist

Killeen Family Dentistry

Dentists located in Killeen, TX

Dental bonding is a procedure that helps teeth look and feel their best. The dental professionals at Killeen Family Dentistry in Killeen, Texas provide numerous services with this option in mind, but few are so effective as dental bonding. The right bond can fill in gaps or repair a chip, so it becomes unnoticeable. If you or someone you love has a chip, crack or discolored tooth, give the office of Killeen Family Dentistry a call to find out more about dental bonding.

Dental Bonding Q & A

What is dental bonding?  

Dental or tooth bonding is a process of applying a special resin to a tooth to improve the appearance. The procedure involves covering the problem area on the tooth with a customized resin material and then sealing it with light.

How is dental bonding used?

Dental bonding can resolve several dental problems. At Killeen Family Dentistry, its common applications include:

  • To repair tooth decay
  • To fix a chip or crack in a tooth
  • To change the color of a discolored tooth
  • To change the shape or size of a tooth
  • To fill in a gap between two teeth
  • To protect a portion of the tooth exposed as gum recedes

How is dental bonding done?

The procedure begins with determining what color resin is right for the patient.The staff uses a shade guide, if necessary, to choose the proper composite resin (one that closely matches the natural shade of the teeth).

Next, the dentist at Killeen Family Dentistry roughens up the surface of the affected tooth. That gives the resin something to grip as it cures.

After applying the putty-like resin and molding it into the right shape and size, the dentist has the patient sit under an ultraviolet light or perhaps a laser to allow the bond to cure, harden, and function like the patient's original enamel.

After curing, the dentist polishes the resin to ensure it matches the color of the tooth. The entire process takes about an hour per tooth. A patient getting several teeth done can expect to spend several hours in the dentist’s chair at Killeen Family Dentistry.

Does dental bonding work?

Dental bonding has an excellent success rate, plus it's superbly:

  • Comfortable
  • Convenient
  • Cost-effective

There are limitations, though. The dentists at Killeen Family Dentistry typically recommend dental bonding for small jobs like reshaping a tooth or matching the color of one to the others in the mouth.