Chipping a tooth is not only painful but also leaves your smile looking a little less than perfect. Having fractured or irregularly shaped teeth are also dental conditions that can turn your smile into a frown. At Center Ridge Dental Professionals, we have the solution to these conditions that will restore a beautiful smile on your face.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today.
What is Cosmetic Bonding?
Also known as tooth bonding, cosmetic bonding is a dental procedure that involves bonding a tooth-colored resin filling on your teeth. This material can be used to either treat cavities, fractured or discolored teeth.
A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. Because composite fillings are tooth-colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
Cosmetic dental bonding is an ideal option if you have:
- Decayed teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Dr. Scott Arndt, and his dental team can help restore your smile Some perks of a cosmetic bonding procedure include:
- Time-saving: Unlike veneers, dental bonding can be done on a single visit at our office depending on the severity of your dental condition.
- Cost-effective: Compared to alternatives like veneers, cosmetic bonding is less expensive because it does not involve a laboratory ceramist and it can involve fewer appointments.
How are Composite Fillings Placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
How Do You Take Care of Bonded Teeth?
The duration that the bonding in your teeth will last is largely determined by how well you take care of them. It is therefore important to take care of your bonded teeth with as much effort as your regular teeth. This requires you to brush at least twice and floss once a day.
Additionally, take the following precautions to take care of the bonded teeth:
- Developing good oral habits: The bonds made in cosmetic bonding are not that strong and will not last long if you have habits like biting your nails or chewing pens.
- Avoiding hard foods and candy: As we've seen above, cosmetic bonds are not very strong. Biting into hard things like candy and ice can break them, and you could even end up chipping your tooth further.
- Avoiding tea, tobacco, and coffee: This is especially important in the first few days to avoid staining.
- Going for dental check-ups: To help maintain the bondings, you should go for regular dental check-ups.
- Avoiding grinding your teeth: Grinding your teeth is also harmful to the bonding resin. If you suffer from bruxism, you should consider getting a mouthguard.
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
The composite resin used for dental bonding can last as well as it is taken care of. With proper care, one cosmetic bonding procedure can last you upwards of 5+ years. If you get minor chipping or teeth fractures in between, you can have the individual gaps filled.
Cost of Cosmetic Bonding
The procedure doesn't have a universal cost and can be anywhere between $100 and $600 depending on the severity of the condition. Cosmetic bonding such as having a gap filled may not be covered by your insurance. However, if dental bonding is important for the health of your teeth such as when you chip a tooth and bonding is required to prevent your tooth from further damage, your insurance may partially cover the procedure. At Center Ridge Dental Professionals, we have flexible payment options to ensure that no one is locked out of getting a natural-looking, beautiful smile.