Dental bonding is a process that involves applying a plastic resin to a chipped, fractured, broken, or decayed tooth to add strength and enhance appearance. The plastic resin used will be computer-matched with the color of the natural tooth it is being used to repair. Bonding can also be used to make teeth appear longer than they are. A medicated bonding resin is typically preferred over amalgam fillings to fill cavity holes. The costs varies by patient between $100-$600 per tooth treated.
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About the Procedure
Dental bonding is one of the most simplistic and affordable dental procedures available. It involves using a tooth-color-matched plastic resin to repair cracks, fractures, breaks, or decay in teeth. During the procedure, the dentist will abrade the surface of the teeth to be treated. This makes the surface of the teeth rougher and better able to hold the resin. A conditioning agent will be used before the resin is applied to help the resin activate, cure, and permanently adhere to the teeth. With proper care and oral hygiene, dental bonding can last for many years. The resin has a putty-like consistency when first applied. As it begins to harden, the dentists will use various instruments to shape it properly. When the shape and fit are correct, a laser or ultraviolet light will be used to expedite curing. When the resin is fully cured, the cosmetic dentist will perform any final shaping needed to optimize fit and appearance. This quick outpatient procedure takes less than thirty minutes per tooth, requires only local anesthesia, and costs between $100-$600 per tooth.
The goal of dental bonding is to improve the aesthetics of your smile by correcting chips and cracks, small gaps between teeth, disproportionately small teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, decay or erosion, slight discoloration, or exposed tooth roots where the gums have pulled away.
What to Expect
Dental bonding is a process that involves applying a plastic resin to a chipped, fractured, broken, or decayed tooth to add strength and enhance appearance. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after dental bonding.
- X-rays and models of the teeth and mouth
- Teeth will be buffed
- Conditioning agent applied to teeth
- Resin is applied and molded to teeth
- Resin is cured to harden on teeth
No recovery time is needed once the bonding is complete. Some patients may experience some tooth sensitivity however this is typically temporary.
The ideal candidate for dental bonding is looking to address chips and cracks, small gaps between teeth, disproportionately small teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, decay or erosion, slight discoloration, or exposed tooth roots where the gums have pulled away.
Not Recommended For
Dental bonding is not recommended for teeth that have significant structural damage or extensive areas of decay.
Side effects from dental bonding may include tooth sensitivity and discomfort if some natural tooth enamel has been removed. This may include tooth sensitivity to foods and beverages of extreme hot and cold temperatures or discomfort when eating hard or crunchy foods.