Tooth Bonding An Overview
Dr. Durning Moore offers 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. Tooth bonding is completed in one visit to our Charlotte dental office.
Tooth bonding is often the perfect, economical solution for minor concerns, young patients and adult patients who are not ready for the larger commitment required for placing porcelain veneers. Tooth bonding can be used to treat:
- Chipped teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Dental bonding is a highly malleable resin material. The bonding agent can be color matched and shaped 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 that enhanced the patient’s natural smile.
Tooth Bonding What to Expect
The tooth bonding procedure will begin with the use of a topical and local anesthetic to make sure the area to be treated is numb and you are comfortable. Dr. Moore will gently etch the tooth surface so that the composite resin material used in tooth bonding can adhere and you will enjoy a stable result. The composite resin will be color matched to your natural teeth for a seamless appearance once complete.
Once the teeth are prepared, the bonding material is skillfully sculpted into place by Dr. Moore to achieve the look you desire, address damage or close gaps. 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. In a single thirty to forty minute long visit to our dentist office, you can enjoy the results of your tooth bonding treatment. There is little to no downtime and you can return to your normal daily routine once you leave.
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 and may need to be retouched or replaced in the future. Unlike crowns or porcelain veneers, bonding material can become stained over the years. Typically, teeth bonding material lasts about up to 10 years before it may need touched up or replaced, depending on the amount of bonding and your oral hygiene habits.
Is tooth bonding covered by dental insurance?
Tooth bonding may be covered, at least in part, by your dental insurance benefits. When being used to address damage or an oral health concern, it is often covered. Typically when this treatment is used for cosmetic reasons, which would be considered an elective procedure, it will most likely not be covered. We will work with you to determine your cost and if any portion will be eligible for benefits.