Have a Damaged Tooth?
Is a damaged or stained tooth diminishing your confidence in your smile? When a tooth is discolored, chipped, or cracked, dental bonding is the ideal solution to dealing with these minor cosmetic problems. .
At Holyoke Mall Dental, we’re committed to offering the highest level of care. Discover how Dr. Eric Chen can quickly restore your natural smile with this affordable procedure by reading our helpful dental bonding guide below.
When Dental Bonding is Recommended
If you suffer from minor cosmetic dental problems, Dr. Chen can help. We can treat the following cosmetic imperfections with dental bonding:
- Decayed teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Stained teeth
- Misshapen teeth
This corrective procedure can even protect an exposed tooth root. If you’re still not sure if this procedure is right for you, contact us at (413) 538-7400. We’ll answer any questions you may have and schedule your appointment.
The Dental Bonding Process
The dental bonding process can take as little as one hour to complete and will involve minimal discomfort. Anesthetics are rarely used in this procedure, but Dr. Chen will determine the best treatment plan for your needs. He’ll also customize the resin to perfectly match the color of your natural tooth.
A tooth is prepared for dental bonding by lightly etching the surface and applying the bonding liquid. This liquid will help the resin better bond to the tooth, increasing its stability and strength.
After the liquid sets, the resin is applied to the problem area. It’s then sculpted into the desired shape by Dr. Chen. After the resin has hardened, it’s then trimmed, smoothed, and polished to appear more natural. Then, you’re ready to show off your new smile!
Dental Bonding Aftercare
Teeth treated with dental bonding don’t require any special oral hygiene care. By following your regular routine of brushing and flossing twice a day, your oral health will stay in good condition and it can prevent the need for future bonds. You should also visit Dr. Chen for regular checkups to ensure your dental bonds are performing their best.
Dental Bonding Durability
Depending on the amount of bonding applied, the bonding material can last between three to five years before a replacement or repair is needed. The plastic resin isn’t as strong as natural tooth enamel, so it’s more likely to chip, stain, or break.
The longevity of dental bonds will also depend on your oral health habits. For example, chewing on hard objects such as ice may break the bonding material.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does dental bonding cost?
On average, the cost of dental bonding is between $300 to $600 per tooth. This is a worthy investment to restore the appearance and function of your teeth. You can also contact your insurance provider to ask if they’ll cover a portion of the procedure.
Is dental bonding covered by insurance?
Dental bonding is not only a safe method of restoring a tooth’s appearance, it can also protect the tooth from potentially harmful bacteria. Imperfections such as chips and cracks make it easier for cavities to develop. Bonding treatments can help prevent the possibility of cavities by sealing damaged areas.
Do bonded teeth look natural?
The tooth-colored resin used for dental bonding will perfectly match the natural color and shape of your tooth. Many patients forget they have bonds because the resin seamlessly blends in with the rest of their teeth.
Say Goodbye to Imperfections
Our experienced dental team is dedicated to performing treatments with care and passion. When you’re ready to restore your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Chen at our Holyoke office by calling (413) 538-7400.
You can also fill out an online contact form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you in the office!