Dental Bonding

What is Dental Bonding?

dental-bonding2Dental bonding is the process of taking a composite resin and applying it to a tooth. The material is attached to the tooth with a strong curing light — hence the name bonding. Bonding is used for several restorative and cosmetic purposes. Many people find that bonding is ideal because it is tooth-colored and blends in with the natural teeth seamlessly.

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Why Do I Need Bonding?

Bonding is used for a variety of reasons. Some common reasons for dental bonding include:

  • To repair chipped or damaged teeth

  • To act as an alternative to metal amalgam fillings (dental bonds have the cosmetic benefit of being tooth-colored)

  • To enhance teeth that have become discolored

  • To change the shape or length of teeth

  • To fill gaps between teeth

  • To protect a tooth’s root that has become exposed due to receding gumlines.

What is the Process?

Copy of Sedation DentistryThe process of dental bonding is a fairly simple procedure with little preparation required. Your dentist will color match the shade of the composite resin to match the neighboring teeth.

Direct Composite Bonding and Adhesive Bonding are the two processes dentists use. Both processes follow the same general route. The dentist will use the tooth-colored composite resin to fill a cavity, repair a chipped or broken tooth, close gaps between the teeth or build up a tooth that has been worn down. The material is applied to the tooth and then sculpted and shaped until the tooth resembles its proper shape and size. A high intensity curing light is used to harden the material on to the teeth. Then, the dentist will polish the material to make it match the rest of the neighboring teeth.

What are the Pros and Cons of Bonding?

There are several pros and cons of dental bonding. It is important to weigh each of the pros and cons before determining if dental bonding is right for you. A consultation with your dentist can help clarify any questions or concerns you have about dental bonding and ensure that dental bonding is right for you.

Pros:

  • A simple way for enhancing the smile

  • More cost friendly than other cosmetic dental procedures

  • Tooth-colored resin allows for any changes, restorations and enhancements to blend in with the other teeth and be undetectable

  • A fast and convenient treatment option that is completed during one office visit

  • Minimal tooth enamel is removed in contrast to other restorative and cosmetic procedures

Cons:

  • Bonding is not as strong as natural teeth

  • Typically only used for a small area, such as a tooth or two

  • Can be more expensive when used for fillings in comparison to metal amalgam fillings

  • Bonding material is not resistant to stains

How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?

The cost of bonding can vary depending on the exact tooth damage and procedure, the number of teeth being treated and insurance coverage.

Most dental insurance plans cover most of the cost of dental bonding, which can make the process highly affordable. The cost of dental bonding depends on the number of teeth that are being treated and the complexity of what is going to be done.

For any questions, contact our office and we will be happy to assist you. Set up a consultation to ensure that bonding is right for you.

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OUR LOCATION

Bronitsky Family Dentistry
17952 SW Blanton St
Aloha, OR 97007

office@brodental.com