Do you have a chipped or broken tooth that needs fixing? Do you have a noticeable gap in your teeth that you want to get rid of? Do you have a tooth that’s smaller than the others that needs to be enlarged? Dental bonding is quick and affordable solution to help Hendricks County residents get a great-looking smile.
What Is Dental Bonding?
During a dental bonding procedure, Dr. Jon Erickson at Danville Family Dentistry will use a white or tooth-colored, plastic resin material to repair or replace parts of your tooth that may have been damaged, broken off, or cleaned out due to decay. First, a chemical is applied to the surface of your tooth to roughened it up a bit. This enables the resin material to stick to the tooth better. Next, Dr. Erickson will shape and sculpt the pliable resin to fill the tooth’s surface. He then will use a special high-powered light to “cure” the material to harden it. After curing, he will trim off any excess resin, ensuring the composite material fits your tooth correctly and your bite is perfect.
What Kinds of Problems Can Tooth Bonding Fix?
Dental bonding can be used as a restorative or cosmetic treatment for:
- Filling in cavities in place of amalgam fillings
- Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Closing the space between teeth
- Making teeth look longer
- Changing the shape of teeth
- Protecting a tooth root that’s been exposed due to the gums receding
- Improving the appearance of discolored teeth
How Long Does a Bonding Treatment Take?
For most Hendricks County patients, bonding is a quick and easy procedure that can be done in one visit. Typically, your appointment will take about an hour – sometimes more depending on what needs to be done. If you have several teeth that require work, Dr. Erickson may recommend scheduling two appointments.
Will You Need Anesthesia?
Tooth bonding is non-invasive – meaning there’s no cutting required. Therefore, it doesn’t cause any discomfort, so you shouldn’t need anesthesia. However, if Dr. Erickson does need to remove tooth decay and fill a deep cavity, you may need a local anesthetic. Typically, you won’t have any post-procedure pain or need recovery time.
How Much Does It Cost?
Compared to veneers and crowns, dental bonding is more affordable. Generally, it costs between $300 to $600 depending on the amount of damage and the location of the dental work. Plus, most insurance covers bonding costs when it’s used for fillings or other restoration treatments.
Does Bonding Require Any Special Care?
The resin tends to stain over time due to coffee, tea, red wine, and cigarette smoke. Therefore, you may want to limit your use of these products and quit smoking. However, it’s important to brush your teeth and floss your teeth daily. And, you should visit Danville Family Dentistry in Hendricks County for regular dental exams and cleanings.
If you’re ready to repair or improve your smile, contact Danville Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Erickson. He’s experienced with performing dental bonding procedure. Therefore, you can feel good again about the appearance of your teeth. Call us today at 317-745-4400.
Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.