If your tooth is cracked, chipped, or has any other form of minor damage, there may be a couple of different repair options for you. Generally, these are dental veneers and dental bonding. For minor repairs, the best option is often dental bonding.


What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a dental procedure in which a dentist places resin on the tooth of a patient to repair minor forms of damage. This is a non-surgical procedure that is simple and straightforward. With dental bonding, a dentist is able to adjust the size, shape, and general appearance of the tooth of a patient.

Some of the problems that dental bonding addresses include:

  •       Chipped teeth
  •       Cavities
  •       Gaps in teeth
  •       Cracked teeth
  •       Worn teeth
  •       Discolored teeth

If problems like chips and cracks are more severe, dental veneers may be considered. If the damage is substantial, then something more advanced like a dental crown may be required to repair the tooth. If you have any of the issues above, contact Kelly Road Dental for an appointment. We’ll have an outstanding dentist take a look at the tooth and decide what the best course of action is.


What is the Dental Bonding Procedure?

If you need to have a tooth or teeth repaired, you’ll first want to contact Kelly Road Dental and set an appointment. Our dentist will then examine your tooth or teeth and see the extent of the damage. If they find that the damage isn’t severe and is cosmetic, they may decide dental bonding is the right fix.

From there, an appointment can be scheduled for the procedure. When scheduling an appointment, speak with our front office staff about payment and insurance coverage. We’ll help to walk you through the process.

Your placement procedure will begin with your dentist matching the color of the resin that will be used to your tooth and the surrounding teeth. The goal is to make the repair look as natural as possible. Once they have found the perfect resin, they will prep the tooth for placement. After this step, the resin will be applied and shaped. When your dentist is happy with the look of the dental bonding, they will use a laser or UV light to harden the resin. At this point, you’re done!

The simple procedure generally only takes 30-60 minutes and can be completed in one visit. When you leave Kelly Road Dental after your dental bonding procedure, you’ll have a functional and aesthetically pleasing tooth.


The Benefits of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding has some excellent benefits. Some of these benefits include:

  •       A Better mood. It’s been proven that smiling helps to boost your mood. If you have cracked, chipped, or otherwise      damaged teeth, though, you may be less likely to smile. This, in turn, can affect your mood. With dental bonding, you can smile with confidence and boost your overall mood!
  •       A fuller smile. Dental bonding provides you with exactly what you are looking for—a gorgeous, full smile.
  •       Boost in self-esteem. If you have a damaged tooth or teeth, or you have a gap between your teeth, you are likely to be more self-conscious. This can have a strong effect on your self-esteem. With dental bonding, you are able to address the aesthetic problems with your tooth or teeth. You can then smile with confidence.
  •       Teeth protection. While you still need to take good care of your oral health after a dental bonding procedure, dental  bonding can actually provide a little extra protection from bacteria. This added protection can improve your oral health.

With all of these amazing benefits, it’s no wonder dental bonding is such a popular cosmetic procedure!


Aftercare for Dental Bonding

Dental bonding can last a good amount of time if well cared for. By avoiding damage to your teeth, you can ensure that your cosmetic procedure lasts for years to come. With that said, dental bonding is not a permanent procedure. You can expect dental bonding to last around three to ten years, depending on how well the tooth with the bonding is cared for. If you notice any issues with your dental bonding, schedule an appointment with your dentist so they can take a look and see if there is an easy fix.

Keep in mind, dental bonding isn’t meant to protect the tooth from decay, and it doesn’t protect the gums. The added protection it provides is minimal. You will still need to brush, floss, and rinse out your mouth twice a day, every day. Also, if you don’t have an appointment in the books for a cleaning and checkup, call Kelly Road Dental today to get one scheduled. With healthy teeth, your dental bonding will last longer.


Is Dental Bonding Right for Me?

Your dentist will ultimately determine if dental bonding is the right choice to repair the damage to your tooth. If it’s small, there’s a good chance that dental bonding will be enough to fix the issue. If you have more severe damage, though, minor cosmetic repairs like dental bonding won’t do the trick. You may need a veneer or crown placed instead.

The cost of dental bonding and your insurance coverage may also be a factor. Check your insurance plan to see if dental bonding is covered and—if it is—what the co-pay may be.


Speak with Kelly Road Dental Today!

 If you have a chipped, cracked, discolored, worn down, or otherwise damaged tooth, reach out to Kelly Road Dental. We can schedule an appointment to have a dentist take a look at the tooth and determine the best method of repair. If they decide dental bonding is the right option, our front office staff will speak with you about payment options and schedule an appointment for you. We can also help to walk you through the insurance process so you can check whether or not dental bonding is covered.

Contact Kelly Road Dental today! We look forward to speaking with you and setting an appointment for your dental bonding procedure.