Dental bonding is a simpler and more affordable form of cosmetic treatment. If you’ve visited the dentist for a chipped, discoloured or cracked tooth, dental bonding is a great choice of treatment to avert those niggling concerns.
So, what is dental bonding? It consists of bonding a tooth-coloured composite resin against the gap or damaged area, hiding any wear-and-tear you’re experiencing.
However, if your bonding has fallen off and if your confidence in your smile has reduced because of it, we explain to you the reasons as to why this may have happened and the steps you can make to protect your tooth further.
If the bonding has fallen off, it is likely to be because:
- It’s loose owing to a diet consisting of solids or chewy snacks
- The adhesive material was poorly applied during the treatment
- Foods you eat have acidic content, damaging bonding over time
- An accident owing to the bonding falling off causing sensitivity
What Steps Can You Take If Your Bonding Has Fallen Off?
After catching your bonded tooth, it may become loose and fall out of place. This will require an appointment at the dentist In the meantime, follow these precautions if your appointment isn’t imminent.
- Keep The Affected Area Clean – The area of the tooth and the tooth itself should be kept clean at all times. Brush and floss regularly and rinse your mouth, especially after eating a meal. When the area is kept clean, the bacteria build-up will remain low.
- Keep The Bonding In Its Place – Do not pull off your dental bonding. Even if it’s loose, keep the bonding in its place so the dentist can examine it during the appointment. You may experience sensitivity in the area from time to time.
- Apply A Cold Compress – If your dental bonding becomes loose, you’re likely to experience a degree of swelling. Apply a cold compress for 10 minutes at a time throughout the day until the swelling begins to slow and reduce. The dentist will numb the area to avoid discomfort during your appointment.
The dentist will discuss the relevant options with you to repair the bonding. Either the dentist can rebuild the old bonding material with new composite resin to match the shade of your current teeth, or the dentist will recommend that you consider a dental crown. A dental crown will protect the bonded tooth so that your tooth experiences no further damage. You may also consider dental veneers treatment. We have everything covered for you from treatments, costs, understanding how to look after them, and any questions such as whether veneers stain easily.
Do you have concerns with your bonded tooth? If your bonding has fallen off, tell us! Alternatively, if you’re seeking cosmetic dentistry for your niggling concerns and you want further consultation on the available treatment options, simply click here to get in touch with us today.