Why Choose Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding can be an economical alternative to dental veneers and can be used to effectively treat a wide range of dental concerns. Dr. Cain may recommend tooth bonding as a treatment option for the following reasons:
- To repair small cracks or chips
- To rebuild worn edges
- To fill small gaps between teeth
- To correct minor discoloration
- To fill tooth cavities
The Dental Bonding Procedure
Tooth bonding is a type of direct restoration, similar to the dental fillings procedure. First, the tooth undergoes debridement, or cleaned and all plaque and tartar removed. Then, a tooth-colored composite material is applied directly to the affected tooth. It is sculpted to match existing bite patterns, and symmetry. Finally, Dr. Cain will gently polish it for virtually unnoticeable results.
Tooth bonding makes an excellent tooth colored filling. Often called a “white filling”, these cosmetic restorations are the current standard in modern dentistry. Many patients with old metal or amalgam fillings are choosing to have their fillings replaced with white fillings. These are more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to the eye than metal/amalgam fillings.
The composite resin used in dental bonding is bio-compatible. Resin comes in a range of tooth colored shades for flawless matching. The resin is extremely stain resistant and very durable. Dental bonding treatments can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
Another type of dental bonding, adhesive bonding, is used to secure dental restorations, such as dental crowns, to the teeth.
Before and After with Dr. Pamela Cain
This patient had bite adjustment done with tooth bonding on all of the front teeth with beautiful results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to bond a tooth?
Every patient is different. Tooth bonding is relatively inexpensive versus comparable procedures, such as porcelain veneers.
Does tooth bonding last?
Yes. Well taken-care-of, it can last up to 10 years. We recommend getting it checked every 3 years for repairs or replacement, depending on the area that was bonded.
Does tooth bonding break easily?
Not necessarily. With normal use, it won’t break easily. Trauma from a sports injury or accident can cause the bonding to break because it is not as strong as natural teeth.
Does tooth bonding hurt?
No. The procedure is painless. The only “pain” you will feel is from the initial anesthetic application. After the procedure, you might have some discomfort, but nothing too painful.
Does bonding ruin your teeth?
No. This will not damage the tooth as much as porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Although, bonding may require sanding the tooth a little to provide a stronger grip for the bonding material. This depends on where the affected area is located.
Is tooth bonding permanent?
Yes and no. Bonding can last a while without needing to be retouched. The actual resin is permanent, but it can chip away or crack. This is highly unlikely if taken care of with proper brushing and flossing.
How soon can you eat after tooth bonding?
Usually one to two hours after the procedure. The resin hardens almost instantly. Dentists give you a timeframe because your mouth is still numb after the procedure. Numbness does not go away instantly, so to avoid biting your tongue or cheek we tell you to wait at least an hour.
Can you remove tooth bonding?
Yes. Only in a dentist office can a dentist remove bonding. This is only done during retouching, or in an emergency situation.
Can dental bonding fix gaps?
Yes! Dental bonding is perfect for people with gaps between their teeth, but straight teeth that do not warrant braces. It’s such a quick process that you’ll be surprised why you didn’t do it sooner.