Tooth Bonding & Procedures
Discolored, chipped, or cracked teeth can be remedied with a procedure called tooth bonding. This procedure is relatively simple—in fact, bonding often doesn’t require anesthesia, and it does not require multiple visits. Bonding is also less expensive than cosmetic procedures like veneers or crowns, and it helps many patients feel confident about showing off their smiles.
What is tooth bonding?
Our Baxter Dental Group dentists begin the bonding process by carefully choosing a resin color that matches your natural teeth. Dr. Woodruff or Dr. Wehrmeister will roughen the surface of your tooth, then apply a glue-like liquid that allows the bonding resin to stick. Finally, the resin is applied, and your dentist will mold and shape it to create a flawless new tooth. The resin is hardened with blue light, and once it is set, your dentist will smooth and polish the bonding. Soon afterward, you will be free to return home.
Who should get tooth bonding?
Tooth bonding is a good option for anyone interested in correcting an imperfection, such as a crack, a chip, decay, or discoloration. It can also be a solution for small gaps between teeth, and it can make a tooth larger if it is shorter or smaller than the rest of your teeth.
Bonding is not a good option for people with severe tooth decay, or who have significant damage to their teeth.
How long does bonding take?
The bonding procedure is relatively fast and, because anesthesia is often not needed, it does not require down time. The procedure takes about 30 minutes to one hour, though appointments may run longer if more than one tooth is involved, or if bonding is done in addition to another dental service.
Are there risks involved?
There are no major risks associated with getting a tooth bonded.
How long does it last?
A bonded tooth lasts approximately 5-10 years, although regular brushing, flossing, and check-ups can help you maintain a bonded tooth much longer.
Your natural teeth are built by nature to be incredibly strong. Though the composite resin used in dental bonding is strong, it isn’t as tough as your natural teeth. It is possible for the bonding material to chip, or to become separated from your tooth. You can reduce the possibility of breakage by avoiding chewing ice, pens, pencils, or hard candy, and avoiding nail biting.
Does insurance cover the cost of bonding?
Check with your insurance provider to find out if dental bonding is covered. Often, insurance companies consider bonding to be an elective procedure and will not cover the cost.
Ready to find out if dental bonding is an option for you?
Contact Baxter Dental Group today!