Our “permanent” teeth are not as invulnerable as we tend to think. There are all kinds of ways to damage a tooth, resulting in painful and unsightly changes to our smiles.
At Crown Point’s Dental Image, we’ve seen just about every way someone can damage their teeth, from skateboard wipeouts to popcorn kernels to using teeth as a bottle opener (bad idea!).
In some cases, extensive smile repair using crowns, veneers, and even implants is the prescribed fix. But for smaller chips, cavities, discolorations, and other problems that aren’t as severe, dental composite bonding offers a cost-effective, non-surgical solution that can get you out of the dentist’s chair and back to your smiling self in no time!
In the dentistry world, bonding can be referred to as dental bonding, composite bonding, dental composite bonding, and resin bonding.
It is a practice that uses a dental resin that is color graded to match the hue of your existing teeth to repair cracked, chipped, discolored, or damaged teeth. Unlike veneers or crowns that attach an external cap to the tooth
The dentists at Dental Image can expertly mold the resin to match the shape of the rest of your mouth, resulting in a whiter, more even smile - without the cost and multiple visits that come with more extensive procedures.
In the hands of a skilled dentist like the ones at Dental Image, dental composite bonding can be used creatively to solve a number of dental issues, including:
Unlike other types of tooth repair that take multiple visits for planning and preparation, dental composite bonding can often be scheduled for the same day as the initial consultation, saving time and the stress of multiple visits.
During your consultation at our comfortable Crown Point offices, Dental Image specialists will take a look at your mouth and determine if the issues you would like to solve can be addressed through dental composite bonding. If they can, the dentist will match the bonding to the shade of your teeth to ensure a final product that looks seamless.
Once you and your dentist have agreed upon a treatment, the dentist will take the composite bonding and apply it to the teeth in question. This procedure usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour per tooth. It is usually fairly painless, and anesthesia is not usually necessary unless the procedure involves a decaying tooth or work near exposed roots. Our dentists begin the procedure by carefully removing a tiny bit of enamel from the tooth - just enough so the bonding has the ability to stick to the tooth.
This process is also called “roughening” the tooth. One of the advantages of composite dental bonding is that dentists have to remove less enamel for the process to work than with veneers or crowns. Our dentists may also choose to apply a conditioning liquid to the tooth to help with the attachment process. When the tooth is prepared, our dentists will carefully and precisely mold the resin to match the desired shape of the tooth, then harden the resin with a special light. Once the resin hardens, it is polished and cleaned to match the color and reflectiveness of the rest of your mouth. This process is where dentistry becomes an art as well as a science. You definitely don’t want to leave something like dental composite bonding to someone who is not experienced in it. Thankfully, you can find dentists who have performed hundreds of these procedures without leaving Crown Point, right here at Dental Image.
Your aftercare routine will be a little different immediately following the procedure. You will be instructed to avoid things that could potentially stain the teeth for a few days, such as coffee, tea, and tobacco. In general, bonding tends to stain easier than your permanent teeth, so you’ll want to maintain your teeth with good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day. As long as they don’t suffer further damage, dental composite bonding should last between 3 and 10 years before needing a refresh.
Estimates on the actual cost of dental composite bonding vary between $100 and $600 per tooth, making it one of the more cost-effective forms of major restorative dentistry.
Depending on your insurance, you may be eligible to have insurance pay for part or all of your dental composite bonding procedure, so be sure to consult your insurance company. Our billing department at Dental Image will be happy to work with your insurance to get you the answers to these financial questions.
10705 Randolph St., Crown Point, IN 46307
Our smile specialists are ready to make sure your smile is as healthy as possible. We offer treatments to meet your every dental need and customized plans tailored to your smile. At Dental Image, we believe everyone deserves a healthy, happy smile. Make an appointment today and let us help you find yours.