If you have an imperfect smile, there are many cosmetic procedures offered by a dentist that can help to transform your appearance. Dental bonding is one of these procedures. Here is everything you should know about dental bonding.
Dental bonding is a relatively minor cosmetic dental procedure that helps to remove imperfections on the tooth. A composite resin is applied to the exterior of your tooth, helping to reshape or alter the exterior appearance of your tooth. This transforms one troublesome tooth into a tooth that looks perfectly normal and in line with the rest of your teeth.
Dental bonding can be used to fix a variety of problems. The most common problems that dental bonding is used to correct includes tooth cracks, chipped teeth, tooth discoloration, a minor gap between teeth and minor tooth decay. Dental bonding can only be used if the tooth is overall in good condition. Dental bonding cannot be used to replace any missing teeth or teeth that are rotted or misaligned.
Dental bonding is a relatively minor cosmetic dental procedure that can be completed in one day at a dental office. A cosmetic dentist will use a machine that gently sands away the outer layer of enamel on the tooth. Sanding away the enamel helps the resin to bond to the tooth. This is a painless process, though you may wish to ask for a topical sedative if you have sensitive teeth or gums. The resin is then applied over the tooth and shaped, so that your tooth looks natural and realistic. The resin hardens as it dries. Within an hour or two, your dental bonding process will be completed.
Dental bonding varies based on the tooth that needs the work, the condition of the tooth, the reason the bonding is needed, how many teeth are being bonded and the experience of the cosmetic dentist performing the procedure. In most cases, dental bonding costs anywhere from $100 to $600 per tooth. It is typically not covered by insurance, as it is deemed a cosmetic procedure.