Dental Bonding Specialist

Kimberly C. Andersen, DDS

General Dentistry located in The Woodlands, TX

Dental bonding is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to restore a tooth that’s chipped or damaged. At the practice of Kimberly Andersen, DDS, the friendly dental team offers dental bonding treatments to resolve a variety of tooth imperfections. Find out more by booking an evaluation online or by calling The Woodlands, Texas, office directly.

Dental Bonding

Why do I need dental bonding?  

Dental bonding is a tooth-colored composite resin material that resembles the look and feel of your natural tooth. You may need dental bonding for restorative or cosmetic purposes, including:

  • Filling in an opening after decay (a cavity) is removed
  • Repairing a chipped or cracked tooth
  • Covering severe tooth discoloration 
  • Filling in gaps between teeth
  • Correcting misshapen teeth    

Your dentist may also recommend a dental bonding treatment to replace an older metallic filling or a filling that’s broken or damaged. 

What is a dental bonding treatment like?

Dental bonding treatments often begin with numbing your gums, especially if you’re having a cavity drilled. Once your tooth is prepped, your dedicated dentist cleans and dries your tooth and applies the dental bonding material.

A specialized light is used to help cure the resin. Your dentist will ask you to bite down several times to ensure your tooth feels comfortable and your bite isn’t affected. Any adjustments can be made until your tooth is perfectly shaped.

With no downtime needed, you can go right back to your regular activities after your dental bonding appointment. Usually, the dental team at Kimberly Andersen, DDS, recommends avoiding eating or drinking anything other than water for an hour or two after the procedure. 

How long does dental bonding last?

With proper care and good oral hygiene — including twice-a-year dental cleanings and exams — your bonding treatment can last up to 10 years (or more). The dental team at Kimberly Andersen, DDS, wants to ensure your dental bonding lasts as long as possible. 

Once your treatment is complete, your dentist counsels you on lifestyle changes to extend the life of your dental bonding. 

For instance, it’s important to avoid biting your nails and to skip hard or sticky foods when you have bonding material on your teeth. These few simple changes not only benefit your dental bonding, they’re beneficial for your natural teeth, too.

Get started on your dental bonding treatment by booking an exam at Kimberly Andersen, DDS, right away. Schedule your visit either online or by speaking to a team member on the phone.