How Dental Bonding Guards Against Decay

How Dental Bonding Guards Against Decay

Your teeth are crucial to your health. However, they're also essential to your looks, so keeping them healthy is vital to your self-esteem and well-being. Lots of things can affect the health of your teeth, including bacteria and decay. Dental bonding may be necessary if you have trouble keeping your teeth in good shape.

Dr. Gabriel Polo and our team at Woodland Lakes Dental Studio in Conroe, Texas, provide numerous helpful treatments, including dental bonding. Dr. Polo has the knowledge and tools to keep your teeth healthy and looking their best.

What causes tooth decay?

Although it may seem gross, your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. Some bacteria are helpful, while others are harmful and attack your teeth and gums.


When you eat, harmful bacteria combine with food and form plaque, a dangerous film, on your teeth. You get rid of plaque through good dental hygiene, like brushing and flossing.

Plaque combines with sugars and starches in your food, creating acids that eat away at the surface of your teeth. If you're not careful, plaque builds up on the enamel of your teeth, hardening into tartar and causing damage to your gums and teeth.

Brushing and flossing alone is only sometimes enough to protect your teeth. Regular dental visits allow Dr. Polo to evaluate your dental health and get rid of plaque and tartar through professional cleanings.

Without the proper care and treatment, plaque and tartar damage your tooth's enamel, causing decay, infection, and possibly tooth loss. Gum disease is also prevalent with tooth decay.

When you have a cavity, your enamel is beyond the ability to repair itself, which means Dr. Polo needs to address your cavity with a filling or dental crown.

Understanding dental bonding

Dental bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that allows Dr. Polo to change the color and shape of your teeth as well as protect your teeth from further dental decay. 

Dr. Polo uses a tooth-colored composite resin during the dental bonding procedure. The wax helps him disguise imperfections in your teeth and protects them from decay and bacteria at the same time.

Before you receive dental bonding, Dr. Polo evaluates the health of your teeth and gums. If you have cavities, severe decay, or other oral issues, he takes care of those things before dental bonding.

When you’re ready for the bonding procedure, Dr. Polo picks a color for the resin closest to your natural teeth color. Then he files the surface area and applies a special liquid that helps the resin stick to your teeth.

Dr. Polo then applies the composite resin, shaping and molding it to resemble your natural tooth. A special light causes the resin to harden and bond to your teeth.

The last step in the dental bonding process is polishing the resin. Dr. Polo uses special tools to polish the cured resin so it looks like your natural enamel.

Is dental bonding good for tooth decay?

While dental bonding is often a cosmetic procedure, Dr. Polo also uses it to protect your teeth from further damage or decay.

The composite resin is a hard material similar to your tooth’s enamel. Your enamel protects against cavities and decay but often becomes damaged over time.

Dr. Polo uses dental bonding to provide extra protection to your teeth. If you have white spots on your teeth, it's an early sign of dental decay. You can have dental bonding done to protect your enamel from further issues that may lead to cavities or tooth loss.

Dental bonding is also an excellent tool when you have imperfections in your teeth that affect your self-esteem and make it easier for bacteria to hide and attack your teeth. Dr. Polo uses dental bonding for:

He can also use dental bonding to protect the roots of your teeth from damage due to gum disease

To find out if dental bonding suits you, call our office today to request an appointment or book one online anytime.

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