Dental Bonding—A Minor Touchup with Major Results

excited girl smilingAlthough not exactly as popular as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, dental bonding is a highly-effective cosmetic treatment that can help improve your smile’s appearance in a number of ways. If teeth whitening fails to erase your teeth’s stains, or if the tooth is chipped, oddly spaced, or slightly misshapen, then cosmetic dental bonding from your Park Ridge dentists may be the preferred solution. Made from innovative, tooth-colored composite resin, bonding allows Dr. Loukas to restore your tooth’s beauty and function with minimal disturbance to your healthy tooth structure.

What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding describes the process of applying tooth-colored composite resin to the blemished area of a tooth. The material can be tinted to match your tooth’s exact color, and bonded to the tooth’s surface to create a seamless, durable restoration. After the resin is in place, Dr. Loukas will carefully sculpt and polish it to match your tooth’s desired contour, then harden the resin with a special curing light, completing your dental bonding touchup. Aside from stains and minor chips, dental bonding can also help patients with minor tooth cracks, or to conceal the “black triangles” between teeth that aren’t spaced correctly. One of composite resin’s most common applications, however, is replacing metal amalgam as a more effective and more cosmetically pleasing dental filling.

Upgrade Your Dental Work with Composite Resin

When your tooth develops a cavity, Dr. Loukas may remove the infected tooth structure and reinforce the hole in your tooth with a dental filling. For over a century, metal amalgam has been the dental filling material of choice for many patients due to its strength, durability, and inexpensiveness. Also known as silver fillings, amalgam restorations have limits, from their conspicuous sheen whenever you smile to their inability to completely seal your tooth’s interior (metal won’t bond to your tooth). Composite resin, by contrast, is designed to blend in with your tooth, as well as bond to its structure, which creates a tighter seal and more effective barrier against cavity-causing oral bacteria.

About Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas:

Whether you wish to protect your smile from dental disease and damage, or restore your smile after suffering tooth loss, we can help you regain your oral health and confidence through a new and improved smile. Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas are highly-skilled restorative and cosmetic dentists serving the Park Ridge and surrounding Chicago communities. To schedule an appointment, call Loukas General Dentistry today at (847) 696-1919.

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