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How difficult is it to replace the bonding done on a tooth?

Asked by le_inferno (6184points) July 14th, 2010

One of my teeth is bonded, and I’m getting whitening done at the dentist. The bonding, however, is the original off-white color. I did a little research and apparently, bleaching won’t take to bonded teeth—only natural tooth structure. So, the bonding would need to be replaced with the whiter color. My question is, how does this happen? Does the dentist just coat over the bonded tooth? Or is it more complicated than that?

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trailsillustrated's avatar

You have to remove it and make a little larger restoration. If your’e getting bleachiing done at your dentist they should be addressing that. In general, if you have bleaching done you have to have an exam, and they will tell you then what needs to be replaced, what won’t lighten, etc. So ask them. Good luck your teeth will look great!

JLeslie's avatar

They can probably file it a little and then just add some bonding in the correct color. I chipped a little bit of a bonded tooth, and the dentist just added some more, and squared up the tooth again.

Aster's avatar

I agree with @JLeslie . My daughter has all her fronts bonded , which look gorgeous, and once every few years he patches one .

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