Tooth Bonding

Do you have a chipped tooth? If so, your dentist may recommend tooth bonding. For some, tooth bonding can restore the natural look of your teeth and help keep your teeth healthy, so you can keep on flashing those pearly whites.

Tooth bonding is used to:

  • Correct a chipped or discolored tooth
  • Fill a gap between teeth
  • Change the shape of a tooth
  • Make a tooth look longer
  • Protect tooth enamel
  • Protect an exposed tooth root (receded gums)

What is tooth bonding?

Bonding is a process that dentists use to "bond" material to a tooth to change its shape or color. Your natural tooth is fused with a bonding material (usually composite resin) to create a strong tooth that looks like your original tooth. 

Is Tooth bonding expensive?

Tooth bonding is one of the simplest and least expensive dental procedures. In the U.S., the cost of tooth bonding ranges from $100 to $600 per tooth. If you have dental insurance, check with your provider to see if tooth bonding is covered by your dental plan.

Advantages of Tooth Bonding

  • Saves time – A dental bonding procedure is usually completed in one appointment – no dental lab work is required.
  • Safe – Bonding material is 100% compatible with living tissue.
  • Natural appearance – Composite material is available in a wide range of natural-looking shades. Your dentist will help you choose the perfect shade to blend with your natural teeth.
  • Improve the shape and color of teeth – Dental bonding is used to correct small flaws in the shape or color of teeth. A natural tooth that is discolored may not respond to teeth whitening treatments. Dental bonding can change the tooth's appearance so it matches the surrounding teeth.

These advantages make tooth bonding a good choice for correcting a chipped, stained, or misshapen tooth.

What materials are used in dental bonding?

The dentist often uses a composite bonding material. Composite resin creates a beautiful result and one that perfectly matches the color of your natural teeth.

Is tooth bonding painful?

Unless the bonding procedure is done to fill a cavity, tooth bonding usually doesn't require anesthesia. Tooth bonding is one of the least invasive procedures that a dentist performs. You'll be able to go about your daily activities immediately after the procedure.

How long does it take to bond a tooth?

Tooth bonding is a simple cosmetic procedure that is usually completed in one visit. The process usually takes less than an hour. Although, if you are having several teeth done, it may require additional office visits.

What to Expect During a Dental Bonding Procedure

The dentist will use a shade guide to determine tooth shade and to select the best resin color to match the color of your natural teeth.

  • The dentist will first roughen the tooth surface and then coat it with a conditioning liquid. The conditioning liquid allows the bonding material to stick to the tooth surface.
  • Then, the dentist will apply the selected resin to the tooth and mold the resin to the proper shape.
  • The dentist will use an ultraviolet light to harden the bonding material.
  • When the resin has set, the dentist will do additional shaping and polishing to match your natural teeth and create a winning smile.

If you have additional questions about dental bonding, call your practice location to talk with a dental professional.