What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental Bonding is a process that uses a filling material, specifically composite resin – to restore the natural shape of a tooth. This is a perfect solution for chipped, cracked or broken teeth. It is a very minimal and non-invasive procedure, and it will last a long time with simple, routine care. By re-shaping your teeth, Dental Bonding can also help you get a better smile or close gaps without veneers or orthodontics.
What’s The Difference Between Dental Bonding and Other Options?
The best restoration procedure depends on your specific case. During your appointment we can inform you if dental bonding is right for you, or if you should go for something else. But below you can see the benefits of dental bonding:
Non-invasive and painless
While veneers or fillings may require drilling, dental bonding usually does not. On the low chance that some natural tooth needs to be filed in preparation – it will be very little. This ensures the procedure is almost always painless – while still giving you the benefits of whole and beautiful teeth.
You may already know that veneers and orthodontics are more expensive. The primary reason for that is that it requires greater complexity and planning. On the other hand, minor changes with composite resin make it possible to restore the shape of your teeth at lower prices.
Great for minor repairs
If you need fundamental work done on your teeth – you may consider a complex treatment plant, which includes crowns, veneers and more. But if you just need a few small changes – dental bonding is a simple and effective solution.
The Process of Dental Bonding
The process for restoring teeth or improving the smile’s aesthetic is the same. Here’s what your dental bonding appointment will look like:
The tooth preparation
In the first step – a thin film of plastic called a dental matrix, will be placed between the restored tooth and the near-by teeth. This protects the near-by teeth from any preparation gel or composite resin that can spill out. Second, your teeth will be carefully cleaned and dried, and a mildly acidic gel will be applied for a couple of seconds. This will create a rougher surface which will make the bonding stronger.
The application of composite resin
The tooth will be cleaned and dried again to wash off the acidic gel. A composite resin that matches your natural teeth color will be selected and applied. This process is done in layers, and a blue light is used to cure each layer for increased strength and durability.
The last part of the procedure includes checking the bite and polishing the tooth. The bonded tooth looks so much like the other ones that you may even forget which one was repaired. A note will be made in your chart and at your future exams – the dentist will check the bonded tooth for any signs of wear and tear.
Dental Bonding Cost in Allentown
It’s difficult to provide an accurate range without knowing your exact needs. However, it typically costs between $250 to $550 per tooth without insurance. Insurance coverage varies by company and benefit plan. At the time of your visit, a more accurate estimate can be given.
These factors are considered when determining the cost of your dental bonding treatment:
- The number of teeth that need bonding
- Whether new X-rays are required
- The amount of composite resin needed to complete the treatment.
- The teeth’s location in your mouth
- Your current general health.
Your cost may be lower than the ones listed here. We can determine that more accurately during an examination, and then you can make the final decision.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental bonding can last 4 to 10+ years. This largely depends on the specific location of the bonding, your eating habits, and routine oral hygiene habits. If any wear and tear is noticed at your routine exams, more composite resin can be applied to maintain the bonding’s strength.
No, but it is very long-lasting. With good oral habits, it can last more than a decade. And, it can always be strengthened with more composite resin.
These are entirely different procedures. Veneers are better for patients who want to make significant changes to their smile. While dental bonding is more suitable and more cost-effective for minor changes. The dentist can recommend you the best option for you during an examination.
There are no major risks with dental bonding. Usually the natural tooth stays intact, if a tooth needs to be filed it’s very little and non-invasive. Crowns are stronger and last longer, but your dentist will make the best recommendation for your specific case. If you’re concerned about teeth whitening and dental bonding – you should get the teeth whitening first. If you whiten your teeth afterwards, you may need to re-build the dental bonding to match with the color.