Tooth bonding or composite bonding can often be the perfect treatment solution for patients with restorative and cosmetic dental health needs. Tooth bonding is a relatively simple process that can be used to treat a range of problems with minimal time in the dentist’s chair. Bonding is economical when compared to alternatives such as dental veneers or porcelain veneers. Is tooth bonding the solution you need for a damaged smile?
Tooth bonding can be used to address tooth chips, small gaps between teeth, discolored teeth, and a tooth that is misshapen. Sometimes it is recommended to address a bite problem and to augment teeth so that they can make proper contact when biting. In general, tooth bonding is highly effective for minor and moderate cosmetic or restorative concerns. For a more dramatic transformation of significant damage, veneers, crowns, and other types of restorations may be recommended.
Tooth Bonding: the process
The process of tooth bonding is similar to a dental filling. We will start by cleaning the area and applying a topical numbing anesthetic so that you will be comfortable throughout the process. The tooth or teeth to be bonded will be prepared by removing as little tooth structure as possible to stabilize the tooth and allow the bonding material to be applied.
The composite material used for tooth bonding can be color-matched to your existing teeth. It is gently applied to the tooth and shaped as desired before being permanently adhered with a curing light. Once completed and polished, a bonded tooth will blend with your smile and support your dental health.
How long does tooth bonding last?
Tooth bonding can last for 10 years or more with good oral hygiene and routine dental care.
Is tooth bonding covered by dental insurance?
Dental insurance may cover a portion of the cost of tooth bonding if there has been damage or trauma. We will work with you to determine any dental benefits and to provide a clear breakdown of associate treatment costs.
Is tooth bonding available for children?
Yes. In fact, tooth bonding is typically recommended for a young patient with tooth damage or a cosmetic concern. This is because it is less expensive and can offer many years of stable results as a child grows. In the future, porcelain veneers or other restorative options can be considered as needed.