Have you been feeling self-conscious because of one or more chipped or cracked teeth? Or, maybe, you have a discolored tooth or two?

Have you been looking for a quick fix that is economical and won’t take much time to put into place?

Should you visit our clinic in Calgary, you’ll learn about teeth bonding. You’ll also understand that chipped and cracked teeth are more than just about an imperfect smile. Cracks can take away from the integrity of the tooth and perhaps, result in more severe problems down the line. Dental bonding is a simple solution that can repair your teeth and also cover up any discolorations. Most such procedures can be completed in a single appointment and are typically long-lasting. Read ahead for more detailed information about this quick and easy fix for minor flaws in your smile.

Understanding Teeth Bonding

Dental bonding is a form of cosmetic dentistry and involves the application of tooth-colored composite resin. This resin is a durable plastic-based material that the dentist affixes on the surface of the tooth. Here are some practical reasons why you would want to opt for the treatment.

  • In addition to repairing chips and cracks, bonding covers up any spaces between the teeth to improve your smile.
  • In case a particular tooth is too short and needs lengthening to lend uniformity to the dental structure, teeth bonding is a no-fuss option.
  • As compared to veneers and crowns, bonding is more economical and the procedure takes less time to complete.
  • Your dentist can manufacture the bonding on the spot without the need for placing orders for customized crowns at specialist labs.
  • Dental bonding for the front teeth is a better alternative to silver amalgam fillings that may look unsightly.
  • You can go back to your normal activities without the need for downtime or extensive aftercare.
  • Unlike procedures for attaching dental crowns, the dentist will have to trim a minimum section of the original tooth enamel.
  • Many patients have a problem with receding gums where the root of the tooth is exposed. Dentists typically recommend getting dental bonding if the problem is not too severe.

How the Teeth Bonding Procedure Works

Should you opt to get dental bonding, expect that the dentist can complete the treatment within one sitting. But, if you have severe decay and cavities and need filling, you’ll come back for multiple appointments. A typical bonding procedure does not need anesthesia and the appointment can last you anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.

Here are the typical steps leading up to a brilliant smile.

  1. The dentist at our clinic in Calgary begins by examining the damage carefully. She will check for the extent of the chip and if it lies too close to the nerve endings in the tooth. In case you have tooth decay, the doctor may have to remove the affected areas by drilling.
  2. Once the tooth is ready for dental bonding, the dentist roughens or abrades the surface of the section needing repair. This step is essential to prepare the tooth.
  3. Next, using a shade card, the practitioner chooses the right color of resin that matches the tone and texture of your teeth.
  4. An adhesive or conditioning liquid is now layered on so that the dental bonding material can adhere to the tooth.
  5. The dentist attaches the resin and sculpts it to blend with the shape and structure of the original tooth. Since the resin has a putty-like consistency, shaping and forming it is easy.
  6. Once the resin is set, final touches make sure that the new tooth looks and feels just like its neighbors.
  7. Using an ultra-violet light or laser, the dentist “cures” or hardens the tooth so that the bonding affixes properly.
  8. If needed, the tooth gets polishing or buffing so it acquires a shine and you’re good to go.

Teeth Bonding is Typically a Risk-Free Procedure, But You’ll Need to take Care

The dental bonding procedure does not involve any major risks. However, patients should be aware that the resin is not as strong as your original teeth. Or, other restorative procedures like dental crowns, veneers, and fillings. Although the results of the treatment will last you for many years, taking care of it is important. Follow the instructions of your dentist and expect good results. Here are some of the directions you’ll receive.

  • The bonding material can separate or crack if you chew on hard objects. Avoid biting hard food or candy, pens and pencils, fingernails, and ice.
  • Drinking beverages like coffee, tomato juice, and red wine can lead to discoloration. Typically, dental bonding is not resistant to staining because it is porous in nature and absorbs colors.
  • Smoking can also lead to staining and discoloration. Use the new tooth as an excuse to kick the habit because smoking can also cause tooth decay and mouth cancer.
  • Remember not to use your new tooth as a tool like, say, to dislodge bottle caps.

Typical Costs of Getting Teeth Bonding

The cost of getting dental bonding can vary according to the location where you live. The final bill you pay can also depend on the particular dentist treating you. Other factors include the expertise levels of the practitioners, the grade of materials used, and the complexity of the procedure you’ll need. For instance, if the crack is bigger or you need tooth elongation, the process could take longer. Expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $500 per tooth. Talk to the dentist at our Calgary clinic for the out-of-pocket expenses you’ll incur. You might be able to avail of easy-pay options where you can make the payment in small affordable increments.

Find Out About the Insurance Coverage Available for the Treatment

If you’re looking for insurance coverage, you’ll want to check with the provider and inquire about the charges they’ll cover. Also, check the insurance booklet provided to you at the time of buying the policy for more information. Most carriers consider bonding as a cosmetic dentistry procedure so they may not cover the cost. Or, the company may cover a specific percentage only. In case you need bonding to repair the tooth after a filling, the insurance provider might offer more coverage. Combining dental bonding with retainers or orthodontic brackets can also be a deciding factor in the reimbursement or direct billing coverage you can expect.

In case you have dental insurance provided by an employer or a spouse’s employer, ask questions about the deductibles. The yearly limits permitted on the policy can also affect the costs you pay on your own. Our clinic will coordinate with your provider and get pre-authorization so you know exactly what to expect before you go ahead with the treatment.

Prepping for Your Teeth Bonding Treatment

You won’t have to prepare beforehand for your appointment to get dental bonding. After a simple examination, the dentist will let you know if you’re a good candidate. As explained earlier, the procedure can be completed within one session. However, if you have extensive tooth decay or the damage is major, it might be advisable to opt for a dental crown or veneer. If you need filling to repair the tooth, you’ll come back for a couple of sittings. To answer an important question, you can safely drive home afterward since you won’t need anesthesia. In case you do need sedation, the dentist will let you know in advance so you can get a friend to accompany you to the dental facility.

After-Care Precautions for Bonded Teeth

Once the bonding material is in place, you won’t need to go back for follow-up appointments. You can safely expect that the bonding will last you at least three to seven years and even longer. However, the location for the restoration can also influence its longevity. Dental bonding for the edge of a tooth or a location that incurs hard biting will likely not last you as long.

For best results from the treatment, the dentist may advise you to take certain precautions. For instance.

  • Avoid tea, coffee, and any other beverages and foods that can stain the new bonding for at least 48 hours. Also, avoid sodas and citrus foods. Use a good mouthwash recommended by the dentist.
  • Have a soft diet for the next few days while the bonding takes time to set properly.
  • Quit smoking to prevent staining from tobacco.
  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Keep in mind that any dental treatment introduces bacteria into the oral cavity for a short time. For this reason, you must keep your mouth clean.
  • Visit the dental hygiene expert for professional cleaning once in six months.
  • Contact the dentist right away if you sense that the bonding material is chipped or broken. You’ll also want to schedule an appointment immediately if pieces of the bonding fall out.
  • If you feel any sharp or rough edges around the tooth after the treatment, let your doctor know.
  • If biting and chewing seem strange or uncomfortable, let the dentist know.
  • Avoid biting on hard foods, especially if the bonding is fitted on the front teeth.
  • Rinse out your mouth after each meal to remove any food and acidic particles stuck on the bonding.

Rest assured that dental bonding can be repaired with a touch-up.

Why Choose Teeth Bonding

Dental bonding is a great option to restore the appearance of your smile. The treatment can help restructure and recontour any imperfections in your teeth. Since dental bonding materials resemble the original color and texture of existing teeth, they are barely visible. You can expect to get a perfect smile at the end of it. Most importantly, bonding is a painless procedure and you won’t need to worry about discomfort afterward.

Why Bonding May Not be a Good Solution

Do keep in mind that bonding cannot be used to whiten the appearance of your entire smile. For that, you’ll need to go for over-the-counter or professional whitening treatments. Bonding materials are ideal for repairing smaller flaws in teeth that are used for low pressure biting and chewing. If you need options for hard biting areas in the mouth, getting dental crowns or veneers could be a better option. Porcelain crowns are also likely to last you for a long time possibly, up to 40 years.

Choose an Expert Dentist Trained in Bonding Procedures

If you’ve been thinking about getting dental bonding, it is best that you work with a dentist who has the necessary training and expertise. Here’s why:

  • Shaping, contouring, and polishing bonding materials need special skills so you get the desired results.
  • To prevent the risks of infection, it is necessary to clean the surface of the tooth thoroughly and remove any debris and existing decay. An experienced doctor will take all the necessary precautions for optimum care.
  • In rare cases, patients may have an allergic reaction to the bonding materials, adhesive, or dental tools. Symptoms of reactions include blistering, swelling, itching, and pain. Your doctor will check with you for any known allergies before proceeding. And, if you develop any of the symptoms after the treatment, inform the dentist right away.
  • If the crack or damage is too severe, some patients may develop sensitivity right after the teeth bonding. Eating overly hot, cold, or sweet foods may cause discomfort. Your dentist will advise you on how to take care of the tooth.

Should you stop by at our clinic in Calgary, the onsite expert, Dr. Jennifer Silver will give you all the detailed information you’ll need about the procedure. She’ll also provide you with before and after images of patients that she has helped in the past. With her advice, you can make the best choice for a brilliant, sparkling smile.

Are you ready to schedule an appointment? Or, do you need more details? We invite you to add your contact information on the Contact Us form on our website. And, we’ll get back to you with responses to your queries. You can also call this number: (403) 278-1415 and speak to a team member.

References:

  1. Teeth Bonding: What You Need to Know
  2. Bonding
  3. Your Teeth and Dental Bonding
  4. How Dental Bonding Can Alter the Look and Feel of Your Teeth
Jennifer Silver Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Jennifer Silver is a highly accomplished dental surgeon with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her educational accomplishments include deans honours list, an oral surgery award and best research project. Prior to this degree, she graduated with honors from Dalhousie University’s Dental Hygiene Program and worked in this field for 10 years.

The areas of dentistry that holds special interest for Dr. Silver include oral medicine and whole-body dentistry. She currently devotes time and resources toward helping patients with TMJ pain and sleep apnea, while continuing to provide general dentistry as well. Future interests include devoting time to additional oral surgery training. Jen strives to treat her patients as if they were family. She strongly believes in a multi-disciplinary approach for patient care. She is part of a large network of specialists that she trusts and collaborates with when helping patients.