What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a procedure that involves using an almost invisible resin to repair or improve the appearance of teeth. It’s a relatively simple procedure than can make all the difference with to your smile.

Dental bonding can be used to:

  • Repair decayed teeth
  • Fill cavities
  • Repair cracks and chips in teeth
  • To fill gaps between teeth
  • Protect teeth with receding gums

We mainly use this bonding on teeth to address smaller issues with appearance. It isn’t all about the looks though, as teeth with gaps, cracks and decay can harbor bacteria which can affect your long term oral health.

What is Involved in Dental Bonding?

The dental bonding procedure is very straightforward. As a holistic dentist, we like it because it doesn’t always need anesthesia and within an hour, we can repair and revitalize someone’s smile. The exception is if the bonding is used to repair decay, then additional treatment may be required.

Bonding teeth is a simple procedure that involves little preparation. We first use a shade guide to match the bonding material to the color of your teeth. We then prepare the site of the bonding by roughening the surface of the surrounding tooth with micro abrasion and apply a conditioner to it.

We then apply the bonding on teeth that need it and shape the material into the desired contours that match the surrounding teeth. Once complete, we then shine a UV light onto it to make it set. Once completely hard, we then refine and polish the teeth bonding until it completely fits in with the surrounding teeth. Once we’re happy the dental bond is beautiful and invisible, we’re all done.

The advantage of dental bonding is that in low bite pressure areas, it’s a long term solution to minor dental issues. It’s quick to administer and painless too which is always a benefit. Another advantage of dental bonding is that we can do it right here in the clinic. There is no taking molds and sending them away, no waiting for labs, it’s all here and down to our own skill.

As holistic dentists, we like dental bonding because it usually requires no anesthesia and it also impacts the surrounding teeth very little. We don’t have to remove parts of teeth, or too much enamel, leaving as much of your original teeth untouched as possible. Any procedure that has such little impact on the mouth but such a big impact on your quality of life has to be a good thing!

Depending on the procedure, applying dental bonding to a single tooth takes between 30 and 60 minutes. That makes the cost of dental bonding eminently affordable. Contact our office if you would like to take advantage of this great procedure.

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