About Dental Bonding
What is Dental Bonding?
Improve your smile with dental bonding
People who have chipped, broken, or cracked teeth, or those who have gaps in between their teeth often feel embarrassed about their smile. They hide their smile from everyone and usually avoid going out and meeting with friends and family. If you are one of them, consider dental bonding to regain your smile and confidence.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves application of tooth coloured resin material on the tooth for improving a person’s smile. The dentist selects the composite resin colour that best matches the colour of the patient’s teeth. Once the dentist has chosen the colour of the composite resin, he etches the surface of the tooth to roughen it. The tooth is then coated lightly with a conditioning liquid which allows the bonding material to stick to the tooth. When the tooth is prepared, the composite resin is moulded and smoothed until it is in the desired shape. The material is then hardened with the help of an ultraviolet laser. When the bonding material hardens, the dentist shapes and trims it further. The material is polished to ensure that it matches with the rest of the tooth structure as closely as possible.
The whole procedure normally takes about 30 minutes to an hour. In case more than one tooth needs to be treated, you may need to schedule several visits. Anaesthesia is normally not required unless the procedure is performed to fill a decayed tooth.
Dental bonding is one of the easiest cosmetic dental procedures. It is done in a single office visit unlike veneers and crowns that are customised tooth coverings manufactured in a lab. Yet another advantage of this dental procedure is that least amount of tooth enamel is removed.
Who is the best candidate?
Dental bonding is used for repairing decayed teeth, to fix chipped or broken teeth, to fill gaps in between teeth, to change the shape of the teeth, to lighten stained or discoloured teeth, to make teeth look longer, to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed due to periodontal gum disease and as an alternative to amalgam fillings. However, in order to get tooth bonding, a person must have healthy teeth and reasonably stable tooth surface area to mould the resin.
Dental bonding is a safe and effective procedure for improving one’s smile. But like every procedure it has some risks and side-effects. The composite resin that is used for bonding is not as strong as natural teeth. Biting pens and pencils or chewing on ice often chips the material. Bonding often needs to be repaired within few years. However, if the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced dentist the risks can be significantly reduced.
What is the Cost?
The cost of the dental procedure can vary, depending on the experience of the dentist and your location. Generally, it costs between $200 and $700 to repair a single tooth using this method. You must visit your dentist in Australia to get the exact cost of the procedure.