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Dental Bonding in Rock Hill

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How Is Dental Bonding Performed?

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored composite material to the tooth. This material can be built up and shaped to the patient’s preference for a natural look.

Bonding is a one-visit treatment for chipped and fractured teeth. Dental bonding can also  be used to conceal stained teeth and lengthen short teeth. Tooth bonding is a cost-effective and conservative approach to restore a tooth or teeth. The best part? You can obtain fantastic same-day results with dental bonding with Dr. Areheart!

Dental Bonding:

 Dental bonding is used to improve the teeth’s look. The dental technique uses a tooth-colored resin to restore and enhance a patient’s smile.

The resin is a tough plastic that is toughened and cured on the tooth with a specific light. The light “bonds” the resin to the tooth, hence the name dental bonding.

While dental bonding resin is not as robust as the patient’s natural teeth, it is effective for minor cosmetic issues. Request a consultation with Piedmont Dental today!


Many patients prefer dental bonding because it is quick and easy. It takes around an hour and requires only one office visit. This treatment also removes little tooth enamel and requires minimal numbing. After dental bonding, the patient can resume normal activities. It is also less expensive than other restorative procedures.


Patients who have one or more of the following conditions may benefit from dental bonding.

Composite resins can be used to fill cavities in decayed teeth.

Chipped or damaged teeth: Resin can be shaped to fix chipped or cracked teeth.

Discolored teeth: The dentist will use a shade guide to choose the appropriate resin hue or color.

Teeth gaps: Resin can be placed to the sides of teeth to widen them and  improve the appearance of gaps.

Short or irregularly shaped teeth: Resin can be applied to short teeth to make them longer or reshape them to be more proportionate.

Exposed tooth roots: The resin helps protect exposed roots due to gum recession.


Dental bonding is a popular esthetic dental treatment for both men and women.   Our dentist usually only use dental bonding for minor cosmetic issues. The tooth must also be strong enough to support dental bonding over time.

To find out if dental bonding is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Areheart at Piedmont Dental.

Composite Resin vs. Amalgam Fillers

Our dental practice uses composite resin (a type of dental bonding) to fix cavities in teeth. Aluminized metallic alloy is an alternative that we no longer use in our practice.

Amalgam metallic alloy is a silvery mixture of copper, silver, tin, and elemental mercury. It has been used to fill cavities for over a century.  The silver amalgam filler can be visible when the patient opens their mouth. The metallic alloy can also gradually discolor the tooth over time and cause cracks in teeth over time.

Composite resins have been safely used to fill cavities for about 40 years.

They can fill tiny spaces and adapt to any shape. The filling is also chosen using our shade guide to match the patient’s tooth. Nobody will notice a composite when they open their mouth! Unlike amalgam fillers, composite resin does not discolor the teeth. Composite resin is softer than amalgam fillings and so wears out faster. The length of time composites last depends on hygiene at home, regular dental visits and wear and tear on the tooth.

Dr. Areheart prefers composite resin to amalgam fillings for filling cavities.  The benefits tend to out way the disadvantages as well as patients tend to prefer resin. Patients will enjoy their gorgeous smiles for years to come using composite resin.


The first thing the dentist will do is use a shade guide to select the right resin color for the patient.

If the tooth is decayed, needs to be reshaped, or has a chip that causes sensitivity, the anesthetic may be used to ensure patient comfort.

To attach the resin, the dentist first roughens the teeth’s surface or removes the cavity and applies a conditioning solvent. Then the tooth-colored resin is added and shaped. The resin is then cured under a strong light. The resin will then be polished to match the rest of the tooth. The entire process usually takes under an hour.


Dental bonding should be maintained the same way individuals should care for their teeth. They should brush their teeth twice daily, rinse with antimicrobial mouthwash, and floss once daily. They should also visit their dentist every 4-6 months.

Dental bonding is not as durable as other restorative treatments. As a result, unhealthy behaviors like chewing on nails, pencils, or ice, or using the bonded teeth as an opener, should be avoided. If the bonded tooth chips, call the dentist right away.

As long as the patient takes care of their bonded teeth, they can last for years.

Alternative Methods

Alternative procedures may be recommended for more extensive cosmetic concerns. Crowns and veneers are frequent alternatives to dental bonding.


Dental crowns are used to repair discolored, fractured teeth or teeth with root canals on them. A crown is a cap that covers a damaged tooth and matches the patient’s remaining healthy teeth. It is used to treat teeth that are fractured, dead, malformed, or discolored.


Veneers are made of ceramic and can be glued to the front of teeth. Veneers can fix damaged, deformed, discolored, crooked, or spaced teeth. The porcelain veneers are permanently adhered to the teeth. However, it is frequently a two-step process where the patient first receives temporary veneers and then returns for permanent veneers.

Piedmont Dental is located in Rock Hill, SC. Fill out our online form and we will contact you to arrange a consultation.


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