Dental Bonding in Chattanooga

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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.

Finishing Touches

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.

Financing Options:

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.


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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

Depending on the exact location of the bonding, your eating habits and general routine oral hygiene habits, dental bonding can last 4 to 10 years or more. If your dentist notices wear and tear at your routine exams, more composite resin can be applied to keep your dental bonding strong.
Bonding is not a permanent solution but it is a very long-lasting one. Dental bonding can last for more than a decade with routine dental care, good eating habits and regular exams. If your dental bonding shows signs of wear and tear it can be strengthened with additional composite resin.
Two very different procedures. Dental veneers are a better long-term option and a better option for patients who want to make more or more dramatic changes to their smile. Dental bonding has a shorter lifespan but is more cost-efficient for minor changes and is much less invasive as less of the natural tooth needs to be altered.
Dental bonding doesn't have major risks. Your natural tooth will remain almost completely if not entirely intact under the bonding. The bonding itself may chip or break over time but it can easily be repaired. A common concern we sometimes hear from patients is that dental bonding doesn’t lighten with teeth whitening. You may want to have your teeth whitened before getting dental bonding or you may have the bonding replaced to match your natural teeth after a whitening treatment. If you’re concerned about the durability of dental bonding you may want to consider dental veneers or crowns which are stronger and last longer.

Rhonda Atkins

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.

Phil Amick

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.

Carrie Ogle

This office is absolutely amazing! I had two teeth pulled today and I didn’t feel any pain during the procedure. Dr. Brian Wilkinson and his staff made me feel so comfortable and they made my experience the best that I’ve EVER had. I highly recommend this office to anyone looking for a dentist!

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