Dental Bonding
in New Lenox, IL

Has one or more of your teeth become chipped or cracked? If so, you should reach out to our office in New Lenox, IL right away. Whether you sustained minor damage to your teeth from an injury, tooth decay, bruxism (teeth grinding), or acid wearing away your enamel, it’s important to strengthen and protect the tooth/teeth from further damage in the future. With dental bonding, we can repair a tooth that has been chipped or cracked and provide it with much-needed protection against further wear and decay.

Dental bonding can also be used to improve gaps between the teeth and lengthen a tooth that is shorter than the others.

Schedule an appointment to see if dental bonding is the right treatment for you. Call us at (815) 462-4838.

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How Dental Bonding Works

Dental bonding involves applying a composite resin to the damaged tooth. It’s made to match the color of your natural teeth, so it blends in when placed. We tend to recommend dental bonding for teeth that have suffered minor damage, as opposed to severe. If a tooth is severely damaged, it may need to be replaced with an implant and crown.

No anesthesia is required for your dental bonding procedure, unless the tooth has sustained damage near the nerve.

  • First, we help you choose a resin color that is as similar to your natural teeth as possible.
  • Next, we’ll prepare the composite resin that we’ll be placing on your damaged tooth.
  • To help the bonding agent stick to the tooth, we’ll create a rough surface before applying the resin.
  • Finally, Dr. Leesa will carefully apply the composite resin to your tooth, then dry it with a UV light.

Friendly reminder: If you’ve been planning to whiten your teeth, consider doing that before your dental bonding procedure so the bonding material will blend in with your tooth.

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What to do After Your Dental Bonding Procedure

The composite resin we provide will strengthen and protect your tooth, but you still need to be careful and make sure you’re not eating or chewing things that can damage the bond.

  • Avoid hard candies and anything that’s chewy and/or sticky.
  • Don’t chew on ice cubes, or pencils and pens.
  • Keep in mind that smoking and drinking coffee, red wine, or soft drinks regularly can stain the bonding on your tooth. If that happens, the bond may need to be replaced with another bond, or with a veneer.