What is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is a type of direct restoration, meaning a tooth colored material is applied directly to the tooth and sculpted into form. It is important to choose a dentist experienced with cosmetic dentistry, like Dr. Kunnel, to ensure the most natural looking outcome.
Tooth bonding can be used to correct a number of cosmetic dentistry concerns including:
- Spaces between teeth
- Minor tooth chips
- Cracked teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Tooth cavities
- Minor alignment issues or misshaped teeth
How Tooth Bonding Works
The composite tooth bonding procedure is very similar to a resin dental filling. Dr. Kunnel will apply a biocompatible, tooth-colored composite material directly to the tooth and then sculpt it into the desired shape and form. The material Dr. Kunnel selects may either be self hardening or one that is cured with a special light.
One of the biggest advantages to tooth bonding compared to crowns or veneers is that there is minimal tooth preparation. This means faster, more comfortable treatment for patients.
Tooth Bonding FAQs
How much does tooth bonding cost?
Composite bonding is a relatively affordable procedure and is typically covered by dental insurance. Kunnel Dental Center accepts nearly all dental insurance PPOs as well as First Common Wealth HMO. We will handle all of the necessary billing and paperwork to help you maximize your dental insurance benefits.
How long does tooth bonding last?
Dental bonding does not last as long as alternatives like veneers or dental crowns, however, with proper care and maintenance, you can expect the bonding to last five years or more.
Composite resin is not as stain resistant as porcelain or metal restorations. Therefore, it is important to avoid smoking and visit the dentist regularly to maintain the best cosmetic appearance.