Composite Bonding in Cheshire, CT
If you have a chip or gap between your teeth affecting your smile, dental bonding could be for you! Contact our office in Cheshire, CT, at 203-699-9705 to schedule an appointment.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a restorative procedure that enhances the appearance and functionality of your teeth. It can help restore your smile from cracks, chips, gaps, discolored teeth, and other dental problems. If you have multiple teeth that need attention, no worries. Dr. Kurtz can help restore them all.
You should consider bonding if you have any of the following conditions:
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Gaps between the front teeth
- Decayed teeth affecting your bite
- Cavities in need of filling (composite resin can be used as opposed to amalgam fillings)
- Discoloration of the teeth
- Teeth that are a different shape or length than others
The Tooth Bonding Procedure
Dental composite bonding is a pain-free and straightforward cosmetic procedure. It only takes about 30 minutes to an hour to be done in a single visit.
Here is how the process works:
Unless Dr. Kurtz needs to fill a decayed tooth, anesthesia is not necessary for patients. Instead, she will use a shade guide to help match the color of the natural teeth. First, the tooth’s surface will be roughened, and then a conditioner is applied to the tooth to ensure the bonding adheres to the tooth.
After the roughening and conditioning, the tooth-colored bonding filling is applied and polished to create the desired shape.
Then, the dentist will use a curing light to set and harden the bonded material. After the material is ready, Dr. Kurtz will further shape and polish down the material to fit the tooth’s surface and create a seamless finish.
Soon you will have a restored smile for years to come!
Benefits of Dental Composite Bonding in Cosmetic Dentistry
Composite bonding can offer patients many benefits:
- Bonding is one of the most straightforward cosmetic processes to restore teeth.
- It is among one of the least expensive restorative options.
- Bonding can be done in a single appointment unless multiple teeth need to be bonded.
- Removing the enamel is not necessary, saving the protective layer of the tooth.
- Anesthesia is not typically required.
- Bonding aids in cosmetic changes and lasts longer than teeth whitening for discolored tooth shades.
Risks and Disadvantages of Composite Bonding
As with any dental treatment, there are always benefits and some risks or disadvantages that patients should be aware of. We want every patient in Cheshire to be well educated on any treatment they may be interested in, including going over the risks.
- The resin material used can get stained over time.
- It is not as strong as your natural tooth, so it is essential to take care when eating hard things, like ice.
- Dental composite bonding does not last as long as crowns or veneers.
- This material can be chipped relatively easily.
How to Care for Your Bonded Teeth
If you take care of your bonded teeth, they can last approximately eight years. Here are some tips to help keep your bonded teeth in great shape.
- Brush at least twice per day and between meals.
- Floss regularly.
- Avoid eating hard food that could chip the material.
- Avoid tobacco and coffee for at least three to four days after treatment.
- Visit our dental office for regular cleaning treatments every six months.
Taking care of your restorations is mostly the same as caring for your natural teeth.
Cost of Composite Bonding
The cost of bonding is relatively cheap compared to other restorative treatments like veneers. However, since it is considered a cosmetic treatment, it may not be covered by insurance. Therefore, it is best to check with your insurance company to see if bonding is covered before receiving this treatment. The cost can also vary between practices in Cheshire, so make sure you contact our office for more information about our bonding costs.
Schedule an appointment in Cheshire today!
A healthy mouth and smile are confidence boosters for any patient. In addition, dental composite bonding could be right for you if you have damaged teeth with chips, cracks, or staining. For more information about bonding or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 203-699-9705.