What is Tooth Bonding

Bonding a tooth is a process that your dentist may use to repair or restore a tooth, or to enhance the appearance of the tooth. In bonding, a resin that is colored to match a tooth is applied to the tooth and hardened with a special ultraviolet or laser light. The light bonds the resin to the tooth.dental-bonding

Bonding is an inexpensive way to repair chipped, broken, dark or decayed teeth. It can also be used as a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of teeth by, for example, closing gaps between teeth or lengthening teeth. Bonding typically can be accomplished in a single visit to your dentist’s office. Other alternatives, such as crowns or veneers, must be sent to a lab where they are crafted for a perfect fit. This often requires one to two weeks waiting. Bonding is usually a simple procedure requiring no anesthesia. Sometimes, as when repairs are made to teeth roots to protect them when gums recede.

Teeth that are bonded are not as strong as a natural tooth. The bonding can be damaged by chewing gum, eating ice, or chewing fingernails. How long the bonding lasts is largely dependent upon good dental care and avoiding foods, etc. that could damage the bonding, and the amount of bonding done. The appearance of the bonding can be undermined by stains from coffee, tea or smoking.

Bonding, like any other dental procedure, should be thoroughly discussed with your dentist. You should also understand that bonding seldom lasts as long as crowns, veneers or amalgam fillings. Most dentists find that bonding lasts for about 10 years. Bonding can be maintained or repaired. Dental insurance will pay for bonding to fill a tooth or to protect it. Insurance will not pay for bonding for cosmetic purposes alone.

Bonding is frequently chosen because it is less expensive than other alternatives and because it can be accomplished I less time. Another factor that makes bonding attractive to many patients is the fact that it requires removal of the least tooth enamel.

The next time you need dental work, you might want to discuss bonding with your dentist.

To your beautiful smile!