Minimally Invasive Tooth Restoration
Dental bonding is one of the most effective and minimally invasive ways to repair a wide range of minor issues with your teeth. When put in place, the composite bonding can serve as a protective covering for damaged areas or a cosmetic enhancement to help improve a patient’s smile. It’s among the fastest and least expensive dental procedures, which has made it a very popular choice for smaller fixes.
When is Dental Bonding an Option?
Smaller cavities are often filled by a composite-type resin, as are chips and cracks in the tooth. These problems rarely need a crown or another expensive fix, and the affordable patch job provided by dental bonding is usually a good option.
If teeth have been stained or discolored, then dental bonding may be used to essentially “paint” a better layer over the tooth.
Dental bonding is also an option if the goal is to increase the size of the tooth. It may be necessary to add to the length of the tooth, close the gaps with other teeth, or otherwise make it bulkier, but the goal is the same: adding to the volume of the tooth.
If an important part of the tooth (such as the root) has been exposed, then dental bonding can provide a defensive layer that protects the vulnerable area from bacteria, debris, and other oral issues.
Dental Bonding Process
Cosmetic dental bonding can often be taken care of in one dental appointment, however, if Dr. Wang recommends bonding for more than one tooth, you may need to make additional dental appointments.
Although dental bonding is strong, you need to take care of your teeth. Tobacco, coffee, tea and other foods can stain the bonding resin. To prevent staining avoid foods and drinks that stain for 48 hours after your bonding procedure has been completed. Make sure you brush and floss and schedule regular professional cleanings with Centerport Dental.
Bonding resin is not as strong as your natural teeth and can chip, stain or break. Dental bonding can last up to five years if you take good care of your dental restorations. However, it may need to be touched up from time to time.
The duration of the bond will vary significantly but is based on two major factors:
- The material used
- The location of the bond
Stronger bond materials will generally last longer, while bonds in areas that usually take a lot of damage (such as the contact points for teeth) will wear out sooner. The average bond will last between three and ten years before some form of maintenance is needed.
Is Dental Bonding Affordable?
Dental bonds are among the most affordable dental procedures available. Procedures will rarely exceed $400 for any single bond, and may drop to as low as $100 if a small bond is all that is necessary. Maintenance will add to the cost of the bond over time, but you can expect that the costs associated with keeping the bond in good condition will be minimal. Be sure to check with your insurance company about whether or not Dental Bonds are covered on your plan.
Stop living with that frown and contact Dr. Ben Wang from Centerport Dental who can determine if you are a good candidate for cosmetic dental bonding. Call or click today.