A procedure which a restorative material is "bonded" onto the tooth, to restore or improve a person's smile. Strong covalent bonds are form between the material and tooth remaining structure which strengthens the tooth compare to traditional dental materials which do not bond to the tooth.
These dental material are usually compose of a durable tooth color resin and/or porcelain.
The bonding properties allows on many occasions for less removal of teeth structure to remedied a problem
Where is teeth bonding applicable?
* To repair teeth that are decayed, chipped or cracked
* To cover and protect a portion of the tooth's root that became exposed from gum recession
* Cosmetically these bonding materials can be painted" or "sculpt" onto the teeth to improve appearance and strengthens the entire teeth by reinforcing the remaining teeth, i.e. closing spaces between the teeth to change the shape and color of the teeth.
How is the teeth bonding procedure done?
The tooth surface is generally roughed a conditioning liquid is apply to help the dental material adhere to the tooth.
The tooth color material initially is a soft putty-like resin which is then applied molded and smoothed to the desire shape.
An ultraviolet light is then used to harden the material by polymerization. After the material is hardened, the dentist will further shape, trim and polish to match the sheen of the tooth surface.
How long is the procedure?
Depending on the procedure, dental bonding takes about 30-90 minutes per tooth to complete. For smaller to moderate repairs using composite materials. However, for porcelain veneers or fillings will require a laboratory fabrication of the restoration and requires two appointments process.
Benefits and Limitations of teeth bonding
Composite is somewhat stain resistant, but does not resist stains as well as a laboratory restoration. If a tooth requires a more stronger material, other than a composite a bonded porcelain filling or veneers fabricated in a dental laboratory which last just as long as a traditional non-bonding crown and as is stain resistant.
Teeth bonding has been available in dentistry since the mid 1980's and is technique sensitive and requires dentist to have additional training after graduating from dental schools.
The American Dental Association (ADA) stated reported, approximately 50% of dentist in the United States is providing these services,therefore, some dentist still view traditional silver fillings and crowns in place of teeth bonding materials.
Although, on occasions, a crown is best for a particular tooth problem. The dental bonding options on many occassion allows for a better tooth conserve restoration for the patient instead of silver fillings and crowns.
Care and maintenance for teeth bonding does not have any required special care. Practice good oral hygiene brushing and floss twice daily and getting a regular routine professional checkups and preventive cleanings from your dentist.
Cost for Teeth Bonding
The cost for composite fillings generally is the same or slightly more than a silver filling, (estimating from $100 to $400 per tooth). A bonded porcelain fillings and veneer costs generally ranges the same as a crown between $800 to $1,500 per tooth. The actual cost varies depending on where you live. Check with your dental insurance company to find out if these teeth bonding services are fully or partially covered.