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.
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.
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.
These advantages make tooth bonding a good choice for correcting a chipped, stained, or misshapen tooth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have additional questions about dental bonding, call your practice location to talk with a dental professional.