Understanding Tooth Bonding
If your dental health is in need of restoration, you may be wondering what exactly can be done to treat your teeth. If there is erosion and decay, there are measures you can take to prevent the teeth from getting any worse. You will want to see a dentist to talk about tooth bonding also known as dental bonding. Dental bonding is one of the simplest forms of tooth restoration there are. So much so that it typically doesn’t even require anesthesia, unless of course you are having a cavity filled. It can also typically be accomplished in a single trip to the dentist, so you won’t have to make multiple appointments to restore your smile. Keep reading to learn more about tooth bonding and how it can help you.
How Does Tooth Bonding Work?
Dental bonding is when your dentist uses a bonding agent to place a white filling made of composite resin that look just like teeth. The dentist fills your tooth with a resin, giving the appearance that the original tooth has regrown. Bonded teeth are treated just as other teeth are; the patient’s responsibility is to brush them, floss them, and keep them clean. Dental bonding can help you repair a cracked tooth, fix tooth decay, or even hide tooth discoloration. If you have gaps in your teeth, tooth bonding can also help conceal and close those gaps. Another benefit of dental bonding is that it can actually increase the size of your tooth if you desire. Sometimes a patient may have a tooth that is shorter than the rest, and dental bonding can help provide symmetry so their teeth match and they can smile with confidence.
How Long Does Tooth Bonding Last?
The bonding material has been shown to last a long time. As with any filling, of course, the length that the bonding material lasts is dependent on both the area where the filling is placed and the size of the filling. Larger fillings require a crown to be installed on the outer surface. Smaller fillings have a duration resembling that of a silver filling, though dental bonding does not create the discoloration typical of silver fillings. Generally speaking, the lifespan of dental bonding material is about 10 years, but this can certainly depend on your oral health habits. To prolong the life of your dental bonding, we always recommend good oral health habits including regular brushing and flossing.
How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?
The cost of tooth bonding is reasonable. Our office can construct a new tooth for under $200 but installing crowns can increase the expense. All forms of dental insurance should cover dental bonding, as the procedure is a basic routine procedure. If you have questions about your dental coverage, we would be happy to review your policy and provide a quote prior to performing any work. This way you will be aware of any obligation and there will be no surprises. Typically, if a patient has participating dental coverage, there is no out-of-pocket expense for tooth bonding.
If you are in need of an experienced Amherst dentist do perform your dental bonding treatment, please contact Douglas Hamill DDS for a free consultation. Dr. Hamill is a highly skilled dentist with over 20 years of experience and he is dedicated to providing the best care for you and your family.
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