Tooth Bonding | Eureka MO
Tooth bonding, or dental bonding, is a procedure that can turn discolored, cracked, or chipped teeth into a natural-looking, beautiful smile. Though tooth bonding requires multiple visits, it is a relatively simple procedure that frequently does not require patients to be put under the effects of anesthesia. It is also less costly than other cosmetic procedures like crowns or veneers, and can restore patients’ confidence.
What is dental bonding?
Eureka Dental Group begins the process of tooth bonding by choosing the most desirable color for your new tooth surface. Dr. Wehrmeister or Dr. G’Sell will match the color of the tooth bonding resin to the color of your teeth so that your bonded tooth looks natural and unnoticeable.
A conditioning liquid is applied to the surface of the tooth to prepare it for the bonding resin. The resin is applied, and the tooth is molded and shaped. A blue light hardens the resin, and your dentist will fine-tune any rough edges or imperfections. You’ll be free to return home shortly afterward.
Is tooth bonding for me?
If you are interested in correcting a crack, discoloration, or any other dental imperfection, tooth bonding may be a good solution. Bonding teeth can also be a good fix for filling in tooth gaps, or for enlarging a tooth that is too small or too short.
Teeth bonding is not a good solution if you have severe decay, or if your teeth have been significantly damaged in an accident or a fall.
Do I need to take time off of work?
Anesthesia is may only be needed during tooth bonding if your dentist is also addressing a decayed tooth, or if there are unusual circumstances. It does not usually require additional time off work or away from normal activities. The procedure itself takes approximately half an hour to one hour, though more time may be needed if multiple teeth or additional procedures are involved.
What are the risks of teeth bonding?
No major risks are associated with dental bonding.
Will my bonded tooth last?
Your tooth bond should last about 5-10 years, although good dental care, including regular check-ups, brushing and flossing can extend the life of your bonded tooth.
Nature makes our natural teeth incredibly strong. The resin used in tooth bonding is very strong, but is not as durable as natural teeth. Over time, the material may chip or break. You can reduce the risk of damaging your bonded tooth by avoiding nail biting or chewing on objects like ice, ink pens, or hard candy.
Will my insurance cover tooth bonding?
Like other cosmetic procedures, insurance companies often consider dental bonding to be an elective procedure and will not cover the cost. We encourage you to check with your provider to determine if they will pay for all or part of the procedure.
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