What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding utilizes composite resin, which is also used for composite fillings, to sculpt a tooth. It is a procedure called Bonded Restoration that can rebuild teeth that are chipped, cracked, or broken. This restoration process brings the tooth back to its original state and offers long-lasting results with regular maintenance. Dental bonding is also employed to improve the visual attractiveness of a smile by reshaping teeth, addressing discolouration, and closing gaps, eliminating the necessity for veneers or orthodontic treatment.
What are the differences between dental bonding and other available options?
There is a wide range of options to consider when it comes to repairing your teeth or achieving your desired smile. The most suitable options for you will vary based on your individual requirements. We are delighted to provide a comprehensive discussion of all available choices during your appointment, including the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Nonetheless, here are a few advantages of dental bonding to consider:
Quick and painless
Unlike fillings or dental veneers that often necessitate drilling and tooth preparation, dental bonding typically requires minimal to no removal of your natural tooth structure. As a result, the bonding procedure is typically painless as very little, if any, of your tooth needs to be altered.
Low upfront cost
Comprehensive treatments like dental veneers and orthodontics often come with a higher cost, and understandably so. These treatments require a personalized and intricate treatment plan to achieve significant and extensive changes. However, for minor alterations to a few teeth, dental bonding offers a straightforward and cost-effective solution.
Great for small repairs
The Dental Bonding Process
Regardless of whether you choose dental bonding for restorative purposes or purely cosmetic reasons, the process remains consistent.
Here’s what you can anticipate during your dental bonding appointment.
Preparing the tooth
To begin, a dental matrix, a thin plastic film, is used to protect the neighbouring teeth. It is placed between your teeth, acting as a barrier to prevent any preparation gel or composite resin from affecting the adjacent tooth. Following this, the dentist will diligently clean and dry your tooth before applying a mildly acidic gel for a brief period. This gel creates a rough surface on the tooth, facilitating the bonding process and enhancing the adhesion of the materials.
Applying the composite resin
After cleaning away the acidic gel and ensuring the tooth is dry, the composite resin is applied. The dentist will select a resin shade that matches the colour of your teeth, ensuring a natural-looking result. The composite resin is applied in layers, and for each layer, a special blue light is used to cure and harden the resin. This process is repeated to build up the layers, ensuring the maximum strength and durability of the bonded restoration.
Once your bite is checked and adjusted if necessary, the dental bonding procedure is considered complete. As a final step, the dentist will give your tooth a swift polish, enhancing its appearance and natural look. You may even find it hard to remember which tooth was treated. We will make a note in your dental records, and during future examinations, the dentist will pay special attention to the bonded tooth, ensuring to check for any signs of wear and tear.
Cost Of A Dental Bonding
In Ontario, Canada, the cost of dental bonding can range from approximately $200 to $500 per tooth.
The actual price may vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the case, the number of teeth being bonded, and the dental practice location. It is recommended to consult with a local dentist for an accurate cost estimate tailored to your specific needs.
Dental insurance coverage should also be checked to see if any benefits apply to cosmetic procedures like bonding. Dental bonding not only enhances the appearance of teeth but also restores functionality and promotes oral health.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental bonding can effectively address tooth discolouration by applying composite resin to the affected teeth, improving their appearance and achieving a more uniform colour.
Dental bonding is an excellent solution for treating small tooth fractures. The composite resin is applied to the fractured area, restoring the tooth’s integrity and enhancing its aesthetic appeal.
Yes, dental bonding can be used to reshape teeth. By carefully applying and sculpting the composite resin, dentists can modify the shape and contour of teeth, improving their overall appearance.
The duration of dental bonding depends on the number of teeth being treated. Generally, bonding a single tooth can be completed in a single dental visit, usually within an hour or two.