Patients in Farmington Hills benefit from composite bonding
By Dr. Richard Bernstein
- Repairing a cavity without noticeable silver amalgam fillings
- Protecting the exposed roots of a tooth which may be caused by receding gums
- Whitening the appearance of dulled or discolored teeth
- Restoring chipped or broken teeth
- Repairing and protecting teeth with decay
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Enhancing the shape or length of the teeth
A special resin is layered onto the teeth and a light hardens it. Bonding requires very little preparation to the tooth being treated and is typically a painless procedure. Dr. Bernstein and the patient select a precise match for the shade of material. The tooth is lightly abraded and conditioned, which helps the bonding resin to adhere. The putty-like material is applied, shaped, and smoothed to the appropriate shape and hardened with a laser or ultraviolet light. Once the material is set, Dr. Bernstein trims and polishes the resin to blend with the patient's natural teeth. The process typically takes less than an hour.
Composite dental bonding offers many advantages for patients seeking small corrections to imperfections. The procedure can usually be performed in one visit and does not have a significant impact on tooth enamel.
Bonded teeth are easy to maintain with proper oral hygiene, including brushing twice per day, flossing regularly, and visiting our office for professional cleaning and examination. Patients should avoid harmful habits such as fingernail biting, chewing ice, or eating hard foods because the composite bonding can chip if excessive force is applied. Bonded teeth should be retouched every few years.
For more information about the comprehensive array of advanced dentistry available at Richard S. Bernstein, DDS, contact our professional dental team at 248.636.2100. Appointments may also be conveniently requested online.
Richard S. Bernstein D.D.S
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With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Bernstein is a renowned cosmetic dentist and is passionate about providing the best for his patients, making him a respected pillar of trust amongst his community. He possesses a Masters in Biochemistry - WSU School of Medicine, and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery - University of Detroit.He is presently a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and a Diplomate in the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD) to name a few.
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