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Dental bonding, or tooth bonding, is a cosmetic procedure in which material is adhered to your teeth to create your desired appearance. Patients who have chipped or cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, exposed roots, or general decay are good candidates for dental bonding. The most common reasons for having dental bonding include:
- To protect an exposed root of a tooth
- To repair cracked, chipped, or decayed teeth
- To fill a gap between teeth or match the shape of other teeth more closely
- To cover up discoloration of teeth
In addition to improving the overall aesthetics of your smile, chipped or cracked teeth can result in additional decay and damage over time. If untreated long enough, patients may need to undergo an invasive procedure to correct the damage.
At Platt Family Dentistry, we offer a wide range of services, from cosmetic to restorative dentistry. From Dayton, to across the country and internationally, we welcome all patients to experience outstanding customer service and tailored treatment plans. If you are scheduled for a dental bonding procedure, or if you would like to ask our staff any questions about this procedure or schedule an appointment, please contact us today.
Dental Bonding Process
Prior to applying the resin, your dentist will determine the correct shade of resin compound to use to best match your natural teeth. Once this has been selected, your dentist will begin the dental bonding process by first cleaning and drying your tooth, then lightly etching or scraping the affected area so the bonding resin can be applied to the tooth and stick to the surface. The resin, which is comprised of several adhesives and other components, will be applied in layers and then molded until the desired look and shape is achieved. A special light or laser is then used to harden the material. Your dentist will finish by cleaning and polishing the surface of the resin until it matches your other teeth.
The process of dental bonding typically takes between one to two hours, although it can vary depending upon the degree of damage and the number of teeth being repaired. Dental bonding will help improve the look of your smile almost instantly and will also strengthen your existing teeth without removing any enamel, helping to prevent future infection or damage.
Cost of Dental Bonding
The final cost of your procedure will be determined by a variety of factors, such as the severity of your case and what type of dental plan you are currently enrolled in. Our office does accept cash, most major credit cards, money orders, and personal checks.
If you have concerns about the extent of care required and would like to discuss alternate financial arrangements, please feel free to contact our office to discuss CareCredit. CareCredit helps patients pay for procedures and treatments that are not covered by insurance by offering low minimum monthly payments and No Interest* financing so you can get what you want, when you want it. Applying for Care Credit only takes three simple steps and can provide instant approval.
If you have any additional questions regarding payments, dental insurance coverage, or available financial options, please contact our office and we will be happy to help.
Caring for Your Mouth After Dental Bonding
Following your dental bonding procedure, it will not be necessary to make any significant changes to your overall dental maintenance or dramatic changes to your diet, but to maintain the longevity of your procedure and help assure you will not need additional oral health maintenance in the near future, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits.
By following these best practices, you will be taking an important step to ensuring that you maintain a strong and healthy smile.
- Brush and floss at least twice daily. When you do brush your teeth, be sure to do so for at least two minutes. Many people do not spend enough time brushing, or attending to cleaning other areas of the mouth, such as the tongue. If you happen to have an aversion to flossing, talk to your dentist about flossing alternatives, such as interdental brushes or flossing picks.
- Be mindful of your diet. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, avoid eating foods high in start or drinking sugary liquids. If you do consume sugar liquids, use a straw to limit the amount of sugar that is exposed to your teeth. It is also best practice to drink water after every meal and swish water to remove deposits of food.
- Schedule visits every six months or more for those with periodontal issues. Besides practicing good oral hygiene habits and being mindful of your diet, the best thing you can do to preserve and improve your oral health is to visit your dentist or periodontist every six months. Doing so allows your dentist to perform a deep cleaning with specialty tools, monitor the status of any procedures you have had performed, and perhaps most importantly, address potential issues before they develop.
For Beautiful, Healthy Smiles, Contact Us Today!
At Platinum Dentistry, we believe a healthy smile is a beautiful smile, which is why we provide an array of dental treatments to cater to health as well as aesthetics. Our practice utilizes world-class labs that create customized restorations to restore the structure and beauty of your teeth. We take the time to explain and educate our patients about the importance of health care and answer any questions you may have about treatment so you can make the best decision for your smile.
With our attention-to-detail for providing high aesthetic results to restoring the health of patients’ teeth and gums, at Platinum Dentistry you are in experienced hands. Take your first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile today and schedule an appointment by contacting our office by phone at 937.293.3402 or fill out our online form.