With dental bonding, you’ll find that procedure will improve your smile and restore your tooth’s appearance through the use of a resin material that matches your teeth when it’s applied and hardened through a special light so the material bonds with your tooth.
When Is Bonding Used?
Bonding can be used for these situations and conditions:
- Fix decayed teeth.
- Fix chipped or cracked teeth.
- Restore discolored teeth’s appearance.
- Close teeth spacing.
- Give teeth longer appearance.
- Shape the teeth differently.
- Used instead of amalgam fillings.
- Provide protection for root from exposure if gum has receded.
Steps in Tooth Bonding
- Preparation – You don’t need much in this regard, not even local anesthetic except when the tooth has decayed. Your resin will be shaded to match your teeth so it’ll match your teeth.
- Bonding process –Once you’re past the preparation stage, your dentist will need to roughen the surface of your tooth and apply a conditioning liquid so the bonding material will adhere better to the tooth. Then, the resin is applied, shaped, and smoothed to the desired effect. With an ultraviolet light or laser, your dentist will harden the material before further shaping and trimming the bonding. Once it’s trimmed and shaped, it’s polished to match your teeth’s natural sheen.
- Time-to-completion – This usually takes about 30-60 minutes per tooth.
- Easiest and least expensive procedure.
- Only takes one office visit to complete procedure.
- Your dentist will barely remove any enamel at all for this procedure.
- You usually don’t need anesthesia for bonding.
- Not the most stain resistant compared to crowns.
- Don’t last as long nor are they as strong as other procedures.
- They can chip or break.
There are limitations with dental bonding, which means your dentist will typically use it for small changes, temporary corrections, and in areas where your bite pressure won’t hurt the material. You’ll want to seek your dentist’s advice on the best course of treatment for each particular dental problem.
Special Care for Bonding
While there isn’t any special instructions for bonding, you will want to follow basic dental hygiene to keep your bonding lasting as long as possible. Brushing, flossing, rinsing, and regular checkups are all part of good dental hygiene routines that each of us should follow.
With their ability to chip, you should avoid any behaviors that can lead to chipping or cracking, including fingernail biting, hard object chewing, or package opening with bonded teeth. Sharp edges or funny sensations from your bonded tooth should be brought to your dentist’s attention immediately.
Lifetime of Bonding Material
It depends really on the amount of bonding completed and you. Most materials can last from three years to ten years before needing some touchup or replacement.
Cost of Bonding
It will mainly depend on where you live, but you can usually expect a range of $100 to $400 per tooth for bonding. If you have insurance, some or all may be covered by your insurance company. You’ll want to check with them to be sure.