What is Dental Bonding?

You may have a tooth that is cracked, chipped, discolored or otherwise in bad shape. If this is the case, fishers dental bonding may be an option for your cosmetic repair!

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves the placement of a tooth-colored bonding material (resin) to repair a tooth with minor damage. The process of dental bonding is pretty simple and straightforward. Often, the dental bonding process can be completed in one 30-60 minute visit. During the procedure, the size, shape and and/or appearance of a tooth can be adjusted. When you visit your dentist for a cleaning and checkup, they may decide that dental bonding is the right option for you. You may also crack or chip a tooth and make an appointment between visits. Whatever the case may be, your dentist will take a look at the tooth and see if dental bonding is the best choice. Once your dentist decides that dental bonding is the right repair option, they will choose a resin that best matches the color of your tooth and the surrounding teeth. They will then take steps to make sure the resin adheres properly. Once this is done, they will add the resin and shape it. Finally, they will use a UV light or laser to harden the resin. Before you know it, your tooth will be repaired!

Why Dental Bonding?

There are a few reasons you may want to consider dental bonding. These include:

  • Fixing cracks and chips
  • Cavity repair
  • Changing the shape of teeth
  • Building up worn teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Fixing discolored teeth
  • Protecting roots affected by gum recession

Dental bonding is one of a few different options that your dentist may choose between. Another common option is a dental veneer. If the tooth is damaged enough, a new crown may need to be placed. If it’s a small fix, though, expect dental bonding.

The cost of dental bonding depends on a few factors, such as how advanced the procedure is, if it’s part of another procedure, the particular dentist and so on. You’ll also want to consider if your dental insurance covers dental bonding or not. Speak with your dentist and your insurance company for more information about the out-of-pocket cost of a dental bonding procedure.

How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

Part of how long dental bonding lasts depends on how well you take care of the tooth. You also may damage the bonding material. If you take good care of your dental bonding, though, it may last upwards of three to ten years. If you notice any problems with the bonding, set an appointment with your dentist so they can check it out.

Speak with Your Dentist

If you have a damaged tooth or teeth, set an appointment with your dentist so they can take a look. From there, they will determine the extent of the damage and whether or not dental bonding is the right repair option for you.

Bonding vs Veneers