The process known as dental bonding is a simple, convenient, inexpensive way to restore a tooth. An experienced cosmetic dentist in Centennial, CO, Dr. Frank Scavuzzo can determine if bonding is one of the options for restoring your tooth or teeth. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, please call Scavuzzo Dental Care at 303-741-2727.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a treatment process offered by Dr. Scavuzzo. It is most often used to fix:
- Chipped teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
- Slightly misshapen teeth
Depending on the severity, these problems may need to be corrected with a more comprehensive option like a tooth crown, filling, or an inlay/onlay. Bonding is generally reserved for minor cosmetic issues. It is often considered as an option for the front teeth only because of the lighter biting pressure. Although bonding is strong, it’s not always strong enough to stand up to the most forceful chewing pressure.
The Treatment Process
A major advantage of this specific treatment is that the process is fast, convenient, painless and relatively inexpensive. Here’s how it works:
- Our staff will prepare the composite resin, which is the material used for tooth bonding
- A type of gel is applied to the treatment area to roughen the surface, so that the bonding will effectively adhere
- We mold the composite resin onto the treatment area (it is soft and pliable at this stage)
- We use a dental lamp to harden the composite resin in place (a process called “curing”)
- Finishing touches are made to the hardened material so that it’s shape and polish is perfect
The bonding material is tooth colored and matched specifically to the shade of white of your smile. Anesthesia is not required in the vast majority of tooth bonding procedures because the tooth is minimally affected. There is not anything in the process that would cause pain or discomfort. In certain situations, if decay or another problem is being treated at the same time, anesthetic may be used.
The vast majority of dental bonding procedures are completed in a single office visit. You’ll be back on your feet and ready to go back to your day immediately afterward. There’s no downtime or recovery because the treatment is non-invasive and simple.
How Much Does it Cost?
Dental bonding is inexpensive relative to the cost of other tooth repairs. We will provide the cost estimate once you’ve met with Dr. Scavuzzo to determine which treatment is appropriate.
Our office accepts most major dental insurance plans. You will need to review your policy to see if and when coverage for tooth bonding is provided. Some insurers will not cover the cost if they determine the bonding is purely cosmetic in nature. But policies vary.
How Long Will it Last?
Composite resin used in this procedure is quite durable, stain-resistant and crack-resistant. That being said, it’s not impossible to damage the bonding and most people decide to replace it at some point. It may become discolored, worn or chipped as time passes. For the most part, dental bonding remains aesthetically pleasing for several years, or even a decade or longer. Longevity is highly individual.
Composite resin bonding is not as strong as dental veneers, tooth crowns or tooth fillings. For that reason, Dr. Scavuzzo may recommend one of these restorations if they will achieve your goals. For instance, although a small chip can be repaired with dental bonding, you may want to consider the option of a porcelain veneer. While you would need two or more veneers for a consistent result, your smile will be wholly made over. Veneers cover the entire tooth surface, including chips, stains, worn edges and misshapen structure.
Dr. Scavuzzo wants to make sure you are matched with the cosmetic dentistry option that will best fit your goals and leave you smiling confidently. To that end, he presents each and every treatment option and helps you choose according to your priorities. Our entire team is passionate about creating healthy, beautiful smiles that make our patients happy.
Arrange a Consultation to Learn More
If you think you could benefit from tooth bonding to correct a minor imperfection, please call the Centennial, CO, dental practice of Dr. Frank Scavuzzo at 303-741-2727. During a consultation, he examines your teeth and reviews your oral health history, as well as any symptoms you are experiencing. Once he has made a full assessment he can determine if bonding is right for what you want to achieve. Our patients visit us from Highlands Ranch and the surrounding communities in Colorado.