Tooth Bonding refers to the cosmetic dentistry procedure of using tooth-colored composite resin materials that bond to the teeth to do more esthetic and “life-like” restorations instead of using materials like amalgams (mercury fillings) or gold. These conservative procedures do not require as much tooth structure reduction as is needed when doing metal type fillings, which need a thicker base for strength.
Bonding can be used to repair small chips or areas of decay in the teeth. If can also be used to close gaps, reshape teeth, lengthen teeth or cover a dark tooth. Since the composite resin can bond directly to the tooth, often there is minimal need for drilling or in many cases, even shots!
Nearly thirty years ago, dentists started to “bond” restorations in place instead of packing them in (like amalgams) or cementing them in (like crowns). As a result, now we were able to do more conservative cavity preparations and crown preparations because we don’t need to reduce as much tooth structure for the strength of the materials themselves.
Initially, we were able to bond only to the harder enamel outer layer, but now we can even bond to the inner softer dentin. This has been huge for esthetics and function when placing fillings.
Since the price can vary depending upon the location in the mouth and the number of surfaces, and whether it is a small area or larger restoration, the prices of these fillings can vary. Generally, they are typically considerably less than a crown and for this reason, patients appreciate having this option for covering darker areas of their teeth.
This is a great question, because one of the nice things about tooth bonding is that because it is applied in layers, typically, if a corner of it gets chipped or should leak, it can be easily repaired. This means, after several years, you can re-bond more material to the edge or surface of a tooth bonding. The only drawback, is that composites can stain and if you drink a lot of coffee or tea or if you smoke, these types of filings may stain easier than your natural teeth. In some cases where strength or longevity is important, especially in a highly esthetic area, then we may suggest getting porcelain veneers instead.
Composite resin bonding is great because it can produce a wonderful result in just one visit. Because we are mostly “adding” to the surface of your teeth, most procedures are completed painlessly and affordably without much effort. If you are looking for a dentist near you in the Monmouth County area who does amazing cosmetic bonding, give our office a call today!
We are Sage Dental and Sage Spa and we look forward to meeting you!