Tooth bonding at Charlotte Center for Complete Dentistry
Dr. Durning Moore offers affordable tooth bonding to treat a range of cosmetic concerns, tooth damage, and decay. Similar to a dental filling, tooth bonding uses a biocompatible material to restore or enhance tooth structure and appearance in a relatively simple procedure. We can complete cosmetic dental bonding in one visit to our Charlotte dental office.
Tooth bonding is often the perfect economical solution for minor concerns, and young patients with tooth damage from an accident. Adult patients who are not ready to commit to permanent porcelain veneers can also benefit. We can use tooth bonding to treat:
- Chipped teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a highly malleable resin material. Dental bonding is a composite material that dentists use to restore lost tooth structure. The dentist molds it to the desired shape, and can repair, close, or cover gaps in teeth with it. The composite resin replaces the lost tooth enamel.
After this process, the dentist will cure the material on the tooth with a special light or heat. We can color-match the bonding agent for beautiful results that blend seamlessly with the natural smile.
Dr. Moore is a talented cosmetic dentist who can make your results look very natural. He often uses bonding for cosmetic reasons and has created many beautiful results.
Our Tooth Bonding Procedure
Dr. Moore will begin with an initial exam to see if bonding is the best option for you. If so, he may use a topical and local anesthetic to make sure he numbs the area and you are comfortable. However, some bonding procedures will not require anesthetic. For example, if you have a chipped front tooth that is not causing any pain.
Then, Dr. Moore will gently etch the tooth surface so that the composite resin material can adhere properly. We can match the color of the composite resin to your natural teeth for a seamless appearance once complete.
After he prepares the tooth, he skillfully sculpts the bonding material into place to achieve the look you desire. Dr. Moore will work with you through the process to ensure you are happy with the result, and that your bite remains comfortable and naturally functioning.
The final step is to cure the material into place and polish the surface for a natural appearance and smooth texture. You can enjoy the results of a tooth bonding treatment in a single thirty to forty minute long visit to our dentist office. There is little to no downtime, and you can return to your normal daily routine once you leave.
Dental Bonding FAQs
Does tooth bonding break easily?
Dental bonds can break, however they are strong. Bonds can chip and break apart from the tooth, but generally tooth bonds are a strong option to fix teeth. Cracks and breaks are much less likely to occur with bonds than they are with fillings, making them a strong and durable option.
Can a dentist near me whiten dental bonding?
No, dentists can not whiten old dental bonding. They will initially match the color of your teeth when put in. But if you choose to whiten your teeth and you have a bond, keep in mind that the bond will not change color like your natural teeth.
Can tooth bonding be removed?
Yes, your dentist can remove tooth bonding at any point, just as easily as he applies it.. Tooth bonding is a temporary treatment, meaning that we do not take away enamel from the tooth, and do not do any damage.
How long does tooth bonding last?
It is important for the patient to know that dental composites are not as durable or long lasting as porcelain restorations. You may need to get a touch-up or replacement bonding in the future. Unlike dental crowns or porcelain veneers, bonding material can stain over the years.
Typically, the composite materials last about 10 years, but this will depend on the amount of bonding you have and your oral hygiene habits.
Is tooth bonding covered by dental insurance?
Your dental insurance benefits can cover tooth bonding, at least in part. Dental insurance providers often cover the cost if it is for addressing tooth damage or an oral health concern.
They will most likely not cover the cost if this treatment is for cosmetic reasons or an elective procedure. We will work with you to determine your cost and if any portion will be eligible for benefits. Contact us today to schedule a dental exam and see if tooth bonding is the right treatment for you.