You may think of bonding as a purely cosmetic procedure. In fact, dental bonding – which dates back over 60 years – is one of the most versatile tools at a dentist’s disposal. Also known as adhesive dentistry, this method typically utilizes composite resin (a durable plastic) which is colored to match your teeth.
What Problems Can Dental Bonding Correct?
The most common use of this procedure is in filling cavities. Other uses include:
- Chips or cracks
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Bonding can improve your look and correct damage without having to go through more involved procedures like extraction and implants. Not only that, but it is a much less expensive alternative to more invasive treatments.
How Is Dental Bonding Performed?
The procedure is fairly simple and can usually be completed in one visit of 30-60 minutes. You probably won’t need anesthesia unless the tooth has an exposed root or needs drilling.
Your dentist will first roughen the tooth’s surface. Next, a conditioning liquid is applied. Then the putty-like resin is applied, shaped, smoothed, then hardened with a special light. Finally, your dentist will finish smoothing and polishing the material to match the rest of your tooth.
Living with Your Bonded Teeth
You can care for dental bonding the same as you do for all your other teeth. Simply brush and floss twice a day as you normally would.
You do want to avoid chewing things like your fingernails, extremely hard foods, or ice to avoid chipping your dental work. With good care your bonding can last up to 10 years.
What About Insurance?
You no doubt have questions about whether your insurance will cover dental bonding. In some cases your treatment may be covered in part or full. Contact us with any questions you have and we will happily help you to decide whether this procedure is right for you.