What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding, also known as composite bonding, is a cosmetic dental treatment that fixes chipped, cracked, or broken teeth with composite resin. Composite resin is the same durable material used in composite fillings. During the bonding process, the resin is applied to the imperfect tooth and cured with a special blue light to repair the damage. You should consider dental bonding if you would like to:
How does dental bonding compare to other options?
Dental bonding is one of the most common cosmetic procedures for repairing imperfect teeth. For minor cosmetic changes, it has the following advantages over other dental procedures:
Low upfront cost
Dental bonding is simpler and cheaper than treatments like dental veneers and orthodontics because it does not require extensive changes to your teeth.
Great for small repairs
Dental bonding is a good choice for minor changes like repairing a chipped tooth, filling a gap or correcting discolouration. It can conceal a range of minor dental imperfections and achieve a natural-looking finish.
Dental bonding has limitations and may not be the best for every cosmetic repair. Deciding what dental procedure is best for you doesn’t have to be challenging. We are happy to schedule an appointment to discuss all your options and help you make the best decision for your teeth.
The Dental Bonding Process
Enhancing your smile is easy with steps tailored to improve the look of your teeth. During your dental bonding appointment, the dentist will:
Preparing the tooth
Prepare the tooth by applying a thin film of plastic, called a dental matrix, between your teeth to protect the neighbouring teeth from being affected by the composite resin. After that, the dentist will apply a conditioning gel to roughen your tooth and allow the bonding material to stick to your tooth.
Applying the composite resin
Apply the resin after cleaning the gel and drying the tooth. Once the tooth is dry, the dentist will then apply a layered composite resin that matches your natural teeth colour and secure each layer with a special blue light to ensure maximum durability.
Add finishing touches by moulding the resin to its desired shape and polishing it so it looks natural and uniform. The dentist will also examine the tooth and make notes in your chart for future visits.
Cost of Dental Bonding in Hamilton
Every dental repair is unique and requires an assessment to determine the right treatment and cost. During your appointment, the dentist will examine your teeth and determine the cost of the procedure. The cost is usually between $300 and $600+ per tooth without insurance and $60 and $120 per tooth with insurance. Most insurance companies provide coverage for dental bonding to fix damaged teeth.
The cost of your treatment will be determined by your general oral health. This includes your teeth, gums and soft tissues. We also look at these important factors when determining the cost of your dental bonding treatment:
- The number of teeth that need bonding.
- Where the affected teeth are located in your mouth.
- The amount of composite resin needed for the repair.
- Whether or not X-rays are required.
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Our focus is ensuring your dental needs are met. Schedule an appointment for a comprehensive assessment of your oral health. This includes examining your teeth, gums, soft tissue and bite(the way your upper and lower teeth fit together). Once we have a complete picture of your oral health, we will help you determine the best procedure to brighten your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can return to normal eating activities once your dental bonding treatment is complete. You will need to care for your bonded teeth the way you would your natural teeth to preserve your oral health. This involves brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day and getting regular dental checkups.
Dental bonding is not a permanent procedure but can last up to 10 years with proper maintenance, especially in low-bite-pressure areas like your front teeth. Wear and tear are normal after some time, but your dentist can always add more composite resin to make them look good as new.
Dental bonding is a simple, quick and safe procedure with no adverse risks. It does not require drilling or grinding, so your natural teeth are preserved under the filling. Composite resin can be easily repaired if it chips or cracks, but it is not the best procedure for more extensive cosmetic repairs. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss more permanent treatments like veneers.
Bonded teeth cannot be whitened like natural teeth because teeth-whitening agents do not penetrate the composite resin. To whiten your bonded teeth, you will need to visit the dentist to replace the stain of your bonded tooth.