Dental tooth bonding is a term for both the putty-like substance used to correct small defects, and for the procedure of using it. It comes in a variety of shades so that one can be chosen that matches your natural teeth. It's easy to shape and can be used to fill small gaps between teeth, or chips, or to cover spots and stains.
Dental bonding is used to attach porcelain veneers also, but that's a different type of bonding that's thinner and acts as cement between the veneer and the tooth's prepared surface.
What dental problems will tooth bonding address?
Chipped, broken or cracked teeth
Teeth with gaps or spaces
Teeth which are uneven in length
Slight crookedness or misalignment
Tooth bonding is also used for filling cavities, especially on front teeth. In this connection it's known as "white fillings" or "composite fillings" and is an excellent alternative to metal amalgam fillings.
What's the procedure for having a tooth bonded?
Tooth bonding can be done in one office visit because it requires no molds to be made and no use of a dental laboratory.
First, the surface of the tooth will be etched a bit and a thin plastic material applied. Then the bonding is placed on the tooth and molded to the desired shape.
A high-intensity light is used to harden the bonding, so that it's now part of your tooth. To finish up the procedure, Dr. Matin might do a little touch-up work and then will polish the tooth until it looks like the other teeth around it. The tooth bonding process takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes per tooth.
Bonding is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures and one of the easiest and least expensive.
Do Bonded Teeth Require Special Care?
Bonded teeth don't require much more care than your natural teeth. You should continue to brush and floss your teeth and see your dentist for your regularly scheduled check ups and professional cleaning. Tooth bonding can chip, however, so you should avoid the following:
Biting your fingernails
Chewing on hard things like pens or ice
Using your teeth as a bottle opener
How Long Does Bonding Material Last?
On the average, bonding on teeth can last from up to five years. It could be shorter or longer time depending how much bonding material was used and how you take care of your teeth. Dental tooth bonding is not as stain-resistant as porcelain.
How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?
Dental bonding can cost anywhere from $200 to $600 per tooth. Depending on the need for bonding, your insurance may cover all or a portion of the expense. At Dr. Matin's office we'll be glad to work with you on finance, so that your treatments are all affordable.
After your bonding procedure is complete, you will have a repaired and beautiful, natural looking smile. It is important to note that the quality of the bonding work is based upon the skill and experience of the cosmetic dentist you choose. Dr. Matin graduated from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and has 15 years experience with dental bonding.
If you live in the Portland area and are interested in scheduling an initial consultation with Dr. Matin, please contact her today. Tooth bonding is a safe, simple procedure -- you'll be enjoying your new smile before you know it!
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Laura Matin, DDS
Address: 14740 NW Cornell Road, Suite 120 Portland, OR 97229