Do you have chipped, broken, or stained teeth? Then dental bonding might just be the perfect treatment option for you. Dental bonding or tooth bonding is an area of cosmetic dentistry that deals with repairing cracked teeth, chipped teeth, or spacing problems. It is also used to repair decayed or discolored teeth and increase the size and length of a tooth, especially if it is disproportionate to the rest of your teeth. It can also be used to cover silver fillings if they show when you smile. It is the adhesion of adhesive materials to the hard tissues of the teeth.
Tooth-colored composite resin is used to restore damaged teeth to their normal anatomical structure. Soft composite resin is pliant, so it can be molded and adjusted to the desired shape. Dental bonding can also be used to protect an exposed root of a tooth. Dental bonding can be done alongside teeth whitening, both of which are available at Peninsula Family Dental Center.
Dental Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding is a simple, short, and painless procedure that does not require anesthesia unless it is being used to fill a cavity. You do not need any special preparation before the appointment with our dental professional. Our dental professional uses a shade guide to select a composite resin that matches the color of your teeth. Next, he or she prepares the tooth to be bonded by roughening the surface with phosphoric acid and applying a liquid sticking agent. Our dental professional places the composite resin over the liquid gel, molds, and adjusts the composite until it fits the shape of your tooth. A blue ultraviolet light or laser is thereafter used to harden the composite resin. Our dental professional then polishes the already repaired tooth to give it a pearly, smooth look.
How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?
Teeth bonding is not as expensive as many other cosmetic dental procedures. It is a cost-effective treatment. The cost depends on your location and our dental professional's expertise. It usually costs $300-$600 per tooth. Check with your insurance provider to find out whether or not tooth bonding is a covered procedure.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
Because of its durability, dental bonding can last up to ten years. To maintain the appearance of your bonded tooth, you have to intentionally care for your mouth. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once per day. Avoid biting your nails as well as eating hard food or snacks on the bonded teeth. Avoid tooth-staining foods, like tea; coffee; soda; and even tobacco, for the first 48 hours after the placement of the bonding. Maintain routine visits to your dental office for a cleaning and any other follow-up procedure if the bonding material chips, breaks, or develops a pointed edge.
Schedule an Appointment
Dental bonding helps repair unsightly teeth, improves your smile, and boosts your self-confidence. It is a minimally invasive procedure that rarely causes bleeding. It is usually done in one visit and, unlike crowns and veneers, normally requires no follow-up procedures. You can also have multiple teeth completed in one appointment. Also, with dental bonding, the bulk of your natural tooth is preserved. Contact us at Peninsula Family Dental Center to give a cosmetic and professional touch to your teeth. Please call (907) 283-9125.