What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding– sometimes called teeth bonding –is the process of restoring cracked or chipped teeth to a like-new condition by “bonding” them with a dental resin.
At Shallowford Smiles, we bond teeth with the same tooth-colored composite resin we use in composite fillings. This composite resin boasts a natural appearance and is strong enough to reshape teeth without breaking or wearing away for a long time.
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How does dental bonding compare to other options?
When it comes to restoring damaged or misaligned teeth, we offer several treatment options, including Invisalign, veneers, crowns, and more. Schedule your consultation today to find out which cosmetic dental treatment works best for you. In the meantime, here are some of the benefits of choosing dental bonding:
Quick and Non-invasive
With composite fillings or dental veneers, alterations to your teeth such as drilling or reshaping are often required, making the procedures time-consuming and invasive. With cosmetic bonding, very little, if any, of your natural tooth needs to be altered, making the procedure relatively quick and minimally invasive.
Low Upfront Cost
While corrective treatments like Invisalign or other orthodontic solutions are often necessary, they can also be costly. If more extensive treatments aren’t strictly necessary to correct your dental condition, dental bonding may be a much more affordable solution.
Great for Small Repairs
While more dramatic teeth repairs or realignments call for more extensive treatments, minor issues like chipped or cracked teeth can easily be fixed with dental bonding.
The Dental Bonding Process
Whether you’re in need of a tooth repair, or you’re simply looking to improve the appearance of your smile, the dental bonding process remains the same. Here is what you can expect from your dental bonding treatment:
Preparing the Tooth
First, your neighboring teeth are protected with a thin film of plastic called a dental matrix. This matrix is slipped between your teeth and shields the adjacent tooth from any stray preparation gel or composite resin. Next, the dentist will carefully clean and dry your tooth and apply a mildly acidic gel for a few seconds to give the bonding a rough surface on which to adhere.
Applying the Composite Resin
Once the acidic gel is cleaned away and the tooth is dried, the composite resin is applied. The dentist will pick a resin that matches your tooth color for a natural-looking finish. Composite resin is applied in layers. A special blue light is used to cure each individual layer for maximum strength and durability.
After the doctor checks your bite, the dental bonding is complete. As a final touch, your doctor will give the tooth a quick polish. Your bonded tooth will look so natural, that you may even forget which tooth was repaired! We’ll make a note in your chart and at your future exams, the dentist will give some special attention to the bonded tooth to check for any signs of wear or chipping.
The Cost of Dental Bonding in Chattanooga
Dental bonding is used for such a variety of reasons that it is difficult to provide a ballpark estimate without learning more about your needs and examining your teeth. That said, you can typically expect to pay between $300 to $600+ per tooth without insurance.
Most insurance companies will cover dental bonding, especially if it’s needed to restore a broken or damaged tooth. With insurance, expect to pay between $60 to $120 out of pocket.
When we’re determining the cost of your dental bonding treatment we look at these important factors:
- How many teeth need bonding.
- Whether or not any new x-rays are required.
- How much composite resin will be needed to complete the treatment.
- Where the teeth in question are located in your mouth.
- Your current overall oral health.
Remember, no dentist can give you an accurate quote over the phone. After you come in for an examination, we would love to provide you with an accurate quote in person so that you can find out your final costs before committing to the procedure.
Your mouth is one of the most important investments that you can make in yourself. Many of our patients find it easier to break up the investment in their mouth into monthly payments. As such we work with Care Credit and Alphaeon to help. There are options ranging from 0% interest for 6 months, up to 60-month terms.
Contact us today
to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have always had excellent care at Shallowford Smiles. Everyone is very friendly and makes me feel comfortable. They all know what they are doing and are very good at letting me know what they are doing. I appreciate the text reminders of my appointments also. I can highly recommend Shallowford Smiles and Dr. Wilkerson to everyone.
Dr. Brian Wilkinson has been my dentist for the past 8 years. He is absolutely the very best. Caring and has always been available to help me and my husband during several emergencies. He is always thanking his staff for their work while assisting him. He is so appreciative of them and does an amazing job. Great smile too.
This is by far the best dental office I have ever been to. I have never been a fan of the dentist, but they don't judge. They told me what was necessary, what I needed most, and let me choose what I could afford, first. Josie lights up the office with her kind, empathetic personality and Dr. Wilkinson is gentle and he speaks in terms everyone can understand. Everyone here is kind and professional and I wouldn't trade them for the world. I hope they know how amazing they are.