Chipped Tooth? No Problem, Repair Your Smile With Dental Bonds
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that can improve the look of your teeth, and give you a more attractive smile. It’s a fast and relatively inexpensive way to improve the look of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have excess space between them.
Bonding can also be used to protect exposed roots or to fill small cavities. One of the best things about dental bonding is that for the most part, it can be applied in a single office visit.
So, is dental bonding the right solution for you? Can it give you the smile you really want? Read on and find out what you need to know about this cosmetic dental procedure.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental Bonding is considered both a restorative and cosmetic dental procedure. Bonding is commonly used to fix chips, breaks, cracks, and minor cavities. The bonding material can also be used to fix small discolorations in the teeth. Since bonding is used to fix small breaks and minor imperfections of the tooth, it takes the skilled hand of a practiced professional to complete the procedure properly. The dental professionals at Snellville Family Dental have years of experience providing bonding procedures so you can be sure to get a perfect repair on your tooth. If the procedure is done improperly then there is a chance of breakage, sensitivity, or even leakage of your filling. However, if done correctly then you can expect your bond to last you years without issue or repair.
Why Get a Dental Bond?
There are a number of different examples as to why someone might want to get a dental bonding procedure. One of the most common reasons for dental bonds is from sports or activity related accidents. Playing basketball without a mouthguard? An elbow to the face could very easily chip one or several of your teeth.
Dental bonds are also commonly used to fix slight discolorations or stains on the teeth. Do you drink coffee or smoke? If you do, then we are sure you are aware of the staining that can be caused by doing so. By applying the bonding material over the stain, a more natural-looking color can be restored to your teeth.
How Long Do Dental Bonds Last?
The length of time your tooth bond will last can depend on a few different factors. The bonding material is not as strong as your natural tooth so your eating habits will play a factor in the longevity of your bond. Another key factor is the size of the bond that was applied to your tooth. All of that being said, typically a good dental bond can last you 10 years without issue!
Dental Bonds vs Veneers
Dental bonding and dental veneers will produce very similar results in most cases. The difference lies primarily in the cost. Tooth by tooth, dental bonding is the less expensive option. It also does not require as much alteration of the structure of the teeth.
Dental bonding is stronger and more durable, but, unlike veneers, it will not allow some light to pass through its surface, like the natural enamel of your teeth. So dental bonding will give you a more natural look.
Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Bonding?
- Do you have minor flaws affecting your teeth?
- Do you have the desire for a healthier-looking smile?
- Are your teeth and gums in good health?
If you answered yes to the above questions then dental bonding may be the perfect solution to your dental woes.
However, If you are a frequent smoker or have large tooth cavities these may complicate your dental bonding procedure. Smoking is one of the leading causes of tooth discoloration so it may be difficult to match the color of your tooth to your bond.
How Much Do Dental Bonds Cost?
Dental Bonding procedures are charged on a per tooth basis. There are a few factors that can influence the price of your bond but typically you can expect to pay between $100 and $400.
Factors that may change the overall price of your bonding procedure include, the type of repair that the bond is being used for, the area that is being bonded, the number of teeth that require a bond, and the location of the dental office providing the bonding service.
Bonding is a very skilled procedure so it is not always best to go with the first and cheapest option that you find. Be sure to choose a skilled physician who has a proven track record of successful bonding procedures. Remember, you want the repair to last as long as possible. This is an investment in you and your smile. Doing this will yield you the best results and ensure that you have the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.
Will Insurance Cover My Bonding Procedure?
Dental Bonding is typically covered by insurance if the procedure is necessary for protecting or repairing the integrity of your teeth. This means that if you have a chip, breakage or a crack in your tooth your insurance may cover a portion or even all of the procedure.
However, if you are getting a dental bond to fill in the gap between your teeth or to fix tooth staining and discoloration your insurance more than likely will not cover the procedure because it is considered cosmetic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental sealants can last up to 10 years under the right conditions. However, if you grind and clench your teeth, this can shorten their lifespan. It also depends on how much hard food you eat. The more hard food that you eat, the less likely your sealants are to last 10 years.
A single tooth getting a dental sealant applied to it is $50. Typically molars are the only teeth that get sealants applied to them so you can expect to pay around a maximum of $600 for a full sealing procedure.
Until you get used to chewing with your new dental bridge avoid hard foods and taking large bites. Be sure to avoid really sugary foods because they contribute to plaque building which will allow for unwanted bacteria to buildup on your bridge.
The better you take care of your teeth, the longer your bridge will last. You do not have to do anything outside of normal care for you teeth. Just make sure practicing consistent daily tooth care. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth as well as dental check ups and cleanings every six months.
A dental bridge can replace can one tooth or as many as three missing teeth that sit next to each other on either side.
Your bridge can last as many as 15 years or even longer if taken care of properly. While we cant guarantee you a length of time that your dental bridge will last, they are built for long term use.
A dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthetic, meaning, that it cannot be removed. It cannot be removed because it is bonded to your teeth. If you are looking for a removable option then you might want to consider dentures instead.
You can expect your procedure to last 30 – 60 minutes per tooth.
On average, you can expect to pay about $300 per tooth. This is also dependent on the type of repair that is being done. Some repairs are more technical than others so if you are considering a dental bond to fix your teeth be sure to consult your dental practitioner for exact costs.
Dental bonds are used to fix a number of issues. They can be used to fill cavities, repair chipped or cracked teeth, fix tooth stains, close spaces between teeth, lengthen teeth, change the shape of teeth as well as cosmetic alterations to teeth. Dental bonds are extremely versatile when it comes to tooth repairs.
There are no special guidelines when it comes to taking care of your bond after the procedure. Just be aware that your bond is not as strong as your natural teeth are. This means being a little cautious when chewing hard foods.
Dental Bonds are not permanent procedures, while a dental veneer is permanent. Dental bonds are also much cheaper alternatives to veneers. Veneers require the enamel to be scraped off of your tooth to be applied, permanently damaging your tooth.
Want To Find Out If Dental Bonding Is Right For You?
Snellville Family Dental works in tandem with an experienced and professional group of dental lab technicians to create natural-looking results with all of our dental restoration and cosmetic procedures. Your teeth after the dental bonding procedure will look, feel, and function like the rest of your teeth, and they will just look just like the rest of your teeth.
If you want to learn more about dental bonding, or any of our other dental restorative procedures, please feel free to Contact Us at Snellville Family Dental and schedule a consultation.