Dental bonding can repair cracked, chipped, and discolored teeth. The same material can also be used to replace silver amalgam fillings. Cosmetic bonding can repair misaligned teeth, providing a straighter and more confident smile.
Tooth Bonding Procedure Cost, Care, and AdvantagesTooth bonding is quick, affordable, relatively painless, and long lasting. Bonding involves the layering-on of a strong composite resin which is precisely color-matched to your teeth. After each layer is applied, it's hardened with a special, high-intensity light. When enough resin layers are applied, hardened and bonded, the tooth is sculpted and polished to a comfortable, natural-looking result.
Although porcelain veneers are most often considered the state of the art for cosmetic dentistry, bonding with composite resin can often times satisfy a cosmetic need for a fraction of the cost.
Dental bonding can be considered:
· to repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
· to repair chipped or cracked teeth
· to improve the appearance of discolored teeth
· to close spaces between teeth
· to make teeth look longer
· to change the shape of teeth
· as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
· to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede
Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. If you are using bonding for cosmetic repair the surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid applied. Then the tooth-colored, puttylike resin is applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape. A visible light or laser is used to harden the material and that’s when the artistry kicks in – your dentist has to shape and sculpt your new tooth by hand.
It takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete and can range between $250 to $500.
Dr. Steven Goldy, DDS is a cosmetic dentist practicing in Beverly Hills. His approach to cosmetic dentistry is founded in his belief that everyone deserves to have the best possible oral health and a confident smile. You reach Dr. Goldy at 310 550 1511. His office is located at 416 N.
Creating Confident Smiles
416 N. Bedford drive, suite 409
Beverly Hills, CA 90210