Dental Bonding

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding (teeth bonding or tooth colored fillings) is a dental procedure in which a soft composite resin is used to repair teeth that have been minorly cracked or chipped. While similar to dental fillings, dental bonding generally refers specifically to cosmetic repairs not essential to the health of the tooth.

How do you prepare for Tooth Colored Fillings?

Dental bonding is a relatively simple procedure which doesn’t require any major preparation. You should discuss dental bonding with your dentist to make sure that it’s right for you, as teeth which are more extensively damaged or decayed may call for a more involved dental procedure. No anesthesia is needed unless teeth bonding is being done to fill a cavity.

Why is Dental Bonding performed?

Dental bonding is done to repair minor cracks, chips, and discoloration of the teeth which negatively affect the appearance of the smile. It also helps protect chipped or cracked teeth from further damage. Dental bonding is occasionally performed to increase the size of the tooth or fill in gaps between teeth. This procedure may also be used in place of dental fillings to give a more natural appearance to a repaired cavity.

What can you expect during Dental Bonding?

First, your dentist will match the color of the composite resin to your teeth to ensure a consistent shade. They will then roughen and apply a liquid to the surface of the tooth in order to prepare it for the bonding process. The composite resin is then added, shaped, and molded, before being hardened in place with use of UV light.

What is the followup and recovery like for Tooth Colored Fillings?

There may be a minor adjustment period to the new shape of your tooth, but this should abate rather quickly. With proper care, a tooth colored filling can last for over ten years. Keep in mind that your dental bond will not be as strong as your natural teeth, and if the resin is damaged or cracked you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.

What are the potential costs for Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is considered by many insurers to be a cosmetic procedure and will not be covered by all dental insurance. Check with your provider to see if you’re covered.

What are the potential risks for Tooth Colored Fillings?

There are few risks associated with dental bonding. The bond material is weaker than the natural enamel, and there is a chance it could crack or break off of the tooth it is bonded to.

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