Before Bonding Application
Before Bonding Application
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After Bonding Application

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Bonding is similar to sculpting individual teeth with a special tooth-like material that looks, acts and feels like the real thing.

Bonding is an affordable, quick and painless way to repair many cosmetic flaws or injuries.

Composite bonding refers to material used in dental work, primarily for fillings, but also for some cosmetic work. This helpful guide will walk you through how the process of getting a filling and whether a composite filling is right for you.

Bonding Conditions

Both structural and cosmetic conditions can be alleviated by dental bonding. Structural conditions include the repair of decayed teeth, the repair of chipped or cracked teeth, and the protection of exposed roots due to gum recession. Dental bonding may also improve the appearance of discolored teeth, close the spaces between teeth, give the impression of longer teeth, change the shape of teeth and provide an alternative to amalgam fillings. For misaligned teeth, bonding may provide a straighter smile.

Bonding Procedure

Bonding does not require much advance preparation. Unless a decayed tooth is being filled, anesthesia is usually unnecessary. We begin by choosing the appropriate material based on shade and translucency to allow the most natural appearance. The surface of the tooth is cleaned and conditioned. The resin is then applied to the tooth. The dentist sculpts the resin to achieve the desired shape and function. The dentist then hardens the resin by applying a high intensity light. Once the resin has hardened, the dentist will further shape and polish the tooth to match the appearance of the surrounding teeth. The procedure may take 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

Benefits of Bonding

Composite bonding is an alternative to more expensive procedures such as porcelain veneers, bridges and crowns. Our innovative approach to bonding has allowed us to provide beautiful, ultra-conservative treatment for decades, that otherwise would require more invasive, more expensive dental procedures. The average cost of bonding ranges from $150 to $500 per tooth, while the average cost of a veneer ranges from $700 to $1200 per tooth. Bonding may be performed in one visit, unlike veneers, which are customized and made in a lab. The amount of tooth enamel that needs to be removed for bonding is less than that needed for veneers or crowns. The composite resin expands and contracts with the tooth, preventing cracks and tooth loss. The patient leaves with fully-hardened fillings and can eat or drink whatever they’d like right away!

Limitations of Bonding

The composite resin is somewhat stain-resistant, but not as stain-resistant as a crown. The bonding material is not as strong as a veneer or a crown, which may cause the resin to chip and break off of the tooth. Due to the limitations, bonding is often suggested for small cosmetic changes and temporary cosmetic defect correction.

Post-Procedure of Bonding

Bonding does not require special maintenance. Patients are to follow standard oral hygiene practices: Brush at least twice a day, floss once a day and schedule regular checkups and cleanings. Avoidance of fingernail biting, ice chewing and the use of teeth as an opener will help prevent the resin from chipping.