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Dental Bonding Treatment


Dental bonding is an excellent method for repairing minor imperfections such as chips and stains. It can also be used to fill gaps between teeth. Dental bonding can brighten your smile quickly and easily.

What is dental bonding?

Bonding is a composite resin filling placed in the back teeth as well as the front teeth. Composites are the solution for restoring decayed teeth, making cosmetic improvements and even changing the color of your teeth or the reshaping of teeth. Bonding will lighten any stains you may have, close up minor gaps and can be used to correct crooked teeth.

Bonding will cover any natural flaws by applying a thin coating of a plastic material on the front surface of your teeth. Participating cosmetic dentists will apply a bonding material and sculpt, color and shape it to provide a pleasing result. A high-intensity light then hardens the plastic and the surface is finely polished.

Before Dental Bonding
After Dental Bonding
Before Dental BondingAfter Dental Bonding

What are some of the most common benefits of dental bonding?

In dental bonding, a composite resin material is applied to the tooth and then sculpted and shaped to cover damaged areas or to fill in gaps. This material comes in several shades so it can be matched to the natural color of your tooth. Bonding usually requires only one visit so it is less time-consuming and less expensive than other tooth restoration methods.

If you're considering dental bonding, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. We recommend that you consult a participating cosmetic dentist for more detailed information about how this procedure will help you.

What will happen at the initial consultation?

During the consultation, participating cosmetic dentists will talk to you about the changes you would like to make in your appearance. They will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, and its risks and limitations.

Participating cosmetic dentists will begin with a complete medical history and an examination of your teeth and gums. They may also take before photos and give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure.

Take this opportunity to ask all the questions you have about the procedure. Learning everything you can about your options, risks and benefits is the key to making an informed decision.

How is dental bonding performed?

The procedure will be performed at a dental practice. A participating cosmetic dentist will prepare your tooth for treatment by roughening and shaping or contouring the surface. Next they will apply a conditioning solution and bonding agent that together act as a strong adhesive or glue to ensure that the composite will adhere. Next they will apply the putty-like tooth colored composite material sculpting it to correct the problem areas. Several layers of the composite material may be necessary in order to achieve the best results. A high-intensity light or a chemical agent may be used to cure and harden the material. Finally, participating cosmetic dentists will smooth and polish your tooth to give it an even, natural contour.

How long does it take?

Bonding can be accomplished in one visit except in complicated cases. The length of the visit will depend on the condition of your teeth and on how much repair work you are having done.

There are four types of peroxide-containing teeth whitening products available:

Will I experience any pain?

The procedure is virtually pain-free although you may experience some discomfort during the tooth-roughening phase.

What can I expect after dental bonding?

You may experience some sensitivity in the treated tooth for several weeks after the procedure but this should diminish with time.

It is important to practice good oral hygiene in order to maintain the results achieved by this procedure. Follow these steps to care for your teeth after bonding:

  • Slice hard foods like apples and carrots before eating them.
  • Avoid chewing on hard objects like fingernails, pencils, or paperclips.
  • Keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing regularly.
  • Use gentle toothpastes that are safe for bonded teeth. Ask your participating dentist for recommendations.
  • Schedule regular professional cleanings by a participating dentist or dental hygienist.

Who is an ideal candidate for dental bonding?

In general, the best candidates for composite bonding:

  • Have realistic expectations
  • Do not smoke
  • Want to improve their appearance
  • Enjoy good oral health
  • Are in good physical health
  • Are well informed in regard to the procedure's outcome

The above is only a partial list of the criteria that participating cosmetic dentists will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you. Be sure to ask your participating cosmetic dentist if they consider you an ideal candidate for dental bonding.

Is there other information I should know?

Bonding is appropriate for correcting minor imperfections. If you have structural problems with a tooth or problems with multiple teeth, your participating cosmetic dentist may recommend porcelain veneers or another tooth restoration procedure.

What are the risks and limitations?

Since the mouth contains many kinds of bacteria and experiences many temperature and/or pressure changes everyday, all dental restorations contain some degree of risk. It is important to follow good oral hygiene and keep your teeth as clean as possible.

In order to minimise these risks, it is important that you follow all instructions given to you from your participating dentist, both before and after the procedure.

What does dental bonding cost?

You can view the cost for dental bonding by clicking on dental fees.

The item number for dental bonding is 582.

How do I choose an appropriate dentist?

It is very important that you select a dentist adequately trained and experienced in this procedure. We strongly recommend that you consider choosing a participating cosmetic dentist. Participating dentists are general and cosmetic dentists who are well trained and experienced in dental bonding.

What questions should I ask my dentist?

  1. Are the desired results I described realistic?
  2. May I see "before and after" photos of recent patients?
  3. What is your experience in performing this procedure and do you enjoy doing it?
  4. How long will the procedure take and how many appointments will be necessary?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used, if any?
  6. What percentages of patients have had significant complications?
  7. Will you repeat or correct procedures if it does not meet agreed upon goals? And if the procedure must be repeated or corrected, will I be charged again?
  8. What should I expect after the procedure, in terms of soreness, what to watch for, and any limitations?
  9. How much does it cost?
  10. Could I observe the exact procedure I am considering before I decide to have it done?
  11. Is there an alternative treatment that I should consider as well?

Is there anything else?

  • Tell your participating dentist about any allergies you have (to foods, drugs, environmental elements)
  • Tell your participating dentist about all medications you are taking (both prescription and non-prescription)
  • Carefully follow any instructions your participating dentist gives you.
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