Fast & Effective Tooth Repair With Cosmetic Dental Bonding
When your teeth are damaged, it’s important to have them repaired as soon as possible to maintain the condition of your oral health. Undergoing a long or invasive procedure to repair a tooth can seem daunting and stressful. However, you may not need to have your teeth shaved down to fit a dental crown or replaced with dental implants. At Legacy Dental, Moses Lake cosmetic dentist Dr. Briel Loiseau can quickly and effectively repair minor damage with dental bonding.
What Is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
Cosmetic dental bonding, also known as tooth bonding, is a process of restoring form and function to damaged teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite resin, similar to the kind used for mercury-free fillings. The resin is freehand sculpted onto the affected tooth, allowing your cosmetic dentist to repair minor damage and hide dental flaws.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Bonding
- Quick Treatment — Tooth bonding usually takes less than 30 to 60 minutes to complete per tooth. You can likely have your teeth restored in just one appointment!
- Improved Oral Health — Tooth bonding can repair minor damage that would otherwise detract from your oral health and overall comfort.
- Affordability — Bonding is a highly affordable way to improve your smile without more expensive restorations and procedures.
- Minimally Invasive — Tooth bonding is a minimally invasive, non-surgical method for improving your smile. In some cases, it doesn’t even require a local anesthetic.
- Smile Enhancement — Bonding treatment offers a wide array of cosmetic benefits by matching your natural smile and concealing flaws such as cracks, chips, stains, and overly large gaps.
The Cosmetic Dental Bonding Process
Before your Moses lake cosmetic dentist can approve you for bonding treatment, he’ll have you undergo an initial consultation. Your initial consultation will include a thorough exam where Dr. Loiseau will examine your mouth, review your medical history, and discuss your smile goals with you. If your procedure requires drilling closer to the root, he can offer sedation dentistry to help you stay comfortable during the process. He’ll also tell you about your other options, so you can make an informed decision.
Once your cosmetic dentist has decided that you’re a good candidate, we’ll help you pick a shade of resin. You can pick a shade that matches your tooth or a whiter shade for a more brilliant appearance.
To prepare your teeth for tooth bonding, your dentist will clean the tooth. Then, they’ll numb the tooth as needed and roughen the surface using a small drill. The rough surface will help the resin stay in place. Your dentist may also apply a conditioning liquid to ensure the resin is secure.
Bonding Your Tooth
Once your tooth is ready, Dr. Loiseau will apply your resin to the tooth, then harden the resin using a blue light. Then, the resin will be shaped and polished and you’ll be able to start enjoying your newly repaired tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
The exact cost of your dental bonding treatment will depend on numerous factors including how many teeth need bonding, the extent of tooth damage, and your insurance. We encourage you to contact your insurance provider before the treatment takes place and to confirm with them which costs they can cover. If you need help covering the cost of your cosmetic dental bonding, we’ll work with you to make your treatment more affordable.
The resin used for dental bonding can last three to 10 years. The key to maintaining your dental bonding depends on proper oral hygiene and maintenance. Be sure to brush twice a day, floss once a day (preferably before bedtime), rinse between meals, and visit us regularly for dental exams.
Your smile is just as unique as you are, so the answer to which treatment is better will depend on your specific case. Dental bonding will likely be more beneficial if you’re dealing with damage like small cavities, as opposed to a purely cosmetic treatment like porcelain veneers. Your dentist will review your options with you during your initial consultation to ensure your treatment is tailored to your unique needs.
Unfortunately, bonded teeth cannot be whitened. If you want to whiten your teeth, it’s recommended that you do so before your dental bonding treatment. That way, it will be easier for your dentist to match the resin to your new smile.
To Learn More About Dental Bonding, Call Legacy Dental Today!
At Legacy Dental, Dr. Loiseau is here to help patients recover their smiles, potentially without the need for more invasive and costly procedures. Our dental office offers smile restoration with cosmetic dental bonding to patients in Moses Lake and surrounding areas such as Ephrata, Mitchell, and Winchester, WA.
If you’re interested in learning more about the many benefits of tooth bonding, contact Legacy Dental by dialing (509) 765-1748. You can also fill out the convenient contact form in the upper right-hand corner or click the button below and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly.