Dental Bonding in Woodland Hills
No parent wants their child to face problems with chipped, misshapen, or gapped teeth. But if your child has cavities or damage from a chipped tooth, you can rest assured that there are solutions, including dental bonding. Dental bonding for kids may seem unusual, but children often need treatments to repair cavities or damage like a chipped tooth. Dental bonding is a cosmetic and restorative dental procedure that can be performed on patients of all ages. The goal of dental bonding is to help preserve and protect the tooth’s structure.
Don’t worry, dental bonding is not invasive or painful. First, a pediatric dentist roughens the surface of the tooth and then applies a composite resin (tooth-colored material) to the tooth to cover the damage. The dentist will shape and mold the putty-like resin so that it fills the tooth and looks natural.
Then a curing light (ultraviolet light or laser) is used to harden the resin (bonding) on the surface of the tooth. After the dental bonding has hardened, the dentist will trim, shape, and polish it to match the rest of the tooth. This same-day procedure is performed in a dental office and rarely requires anesthesia, although a painkiller will be provided if needed.
As children age, they tend to be more self-conscious about their appearance. Having their teeth bonded can improve their smile and self-confidence. Of course, dental bonding may not be an option if a child’s baby tooth is going to fall out soon and will be replaced by a permanent tooth. Every child’s situation is different. Bonded teeth look, feel, and function like natural teeth and should be cared for with regular brushing and flossing.
If your child has a chipped or damaged tooth, do not hesitate to call our office to make an appointment with the dentist. The dentist will examine your child’s teeth, and give you the best options. Your child’s dental problems do not fix themselves on their own. They can only get worse without care. Call us today.