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Ask a Dental Implant Surgeon: What is Dental Bonding?

Plano, TX - When you are getting implants, veneers, or any other dental surgery, you are usually trying to fill a gap. Whether it is a personal gap, a physical one, or a social one, that is the primary function of filling in a tooth. However, what about the gaps that are in between things like dental implants, crowns or caps? What sort of adhesive do they use, and how much has it changed since it was first an implementation? Why did people fill teeth as opposed to replacing them altogether, and when is it appropriate? In hopes of answering the questions, we are going to talk about dental bonding.

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a way to repair teeth that break or has damage by attaching and shaping resin on top of a natural tooth. According to, who explains this while promoting their services,

"Dental bonding is a quick process with minimal downtime After choosing the correct shade for your teeth, the surfaces of the teeth are lightly etched and brushed with a bonding liquid that keeps the resin adhered to teeth. This resin is sculpted, molded, and hardened with a special light."

The procedureis easy to do and is often done on the same day as a dental cleaning. The procedure takes 30-60 minutes and it doesn't take that long to harden. Dentists use bonding to repair a tooth that is either under decay, has a crack or goes through discoloration. It is also something dentists use to fill cavities and close small gaps between teeth.

The only noticeable drawback to dental bonding is that the composite resin is weaker than the material that is on a crown or a veneer. They can chip if you chew hard objects and is less stain-resistant. However, if you compare these drawbacks to the ones regarding dental implants, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. There is no real reason to use something equivalent to a cast for a cut when a bandaid can do just fine.

When was Bonding Part of Dentistry?

While adhesive dentistry is at its seventh generation, it is not that old of a technology. In fact, it is newer than veneers. The concept of etching as part of adhesive dentistry began in 1955, when Dr. Michael Buonocore published a paper about the benefits of acid etching.

From there Irwin Smigle, founder and current president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics became the first to use it to close gaps between teeth and recontouring instead of using traditional crowns and fillings.

Then, in 2012, new adhesives started to be commercialized. The coined the term universal adhesives to include:

It can be used in total-etch, self-etch, and selective etch techniques; It can undergo light-cure, self-cure, and dual-cure materials (without the separate activators); c)Can be for both direct and indirect substrates; d)Can bond to all dental substrates, such as dentin, enamel, metal, ceramic, porcelain, and zirconia.

Is there any Dental Bonding involved with Dental Implants?

One of the more obvious ways to note their relationship is that they are both parts of the reconstruction process. However, most people would argue that while dental implants rely on aesthetics it serves a lot of practical applications. Unless the gaps or the cavities are severely weakening the structure of the tooth, for the most part, it is a purely aesthetic procedure.

However, that doesn't mean that bonding is not ever part of the dental implant process. Sometimes orthodontists use bonding with the dental implants. One example was listed on a website by Rugless Dental, a dental implant surgeon in Springfield, Il.

" The patient decided that she would like to move forward with a dental implant. Dr. Ruggless worked closely with a local periodontist to provide the treatment where the patient has the tooth pulled, an implant placed, and she is able to walk out with a temporary dental implant crown all in the same day. Once all this heals over a period of time, then a permanent dental implant crown is made with custom porcelain to match the other teeth. In this case, Dr. Ruggless also did some dental bonding on the surrounding teeth to make sure all the teeth were the appropriate size and shape. "


Dental bonding is a tool, just like any other, to improve upon the existing structure of the tooth. Dental implants exist for situations where there is no tooth entirely.

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