How does the bonding procedure work?
The typical bonding procedure involves shaping a small piece of composite resin over the tooth in question to give it a natural look and feel similar to the surrounding teeth. Dr. Bergman removes a small amount of enamel on the tooth in order to roughen the surface, and then applies a strong adhesive to lock the resin in place. This fills any cracks or gaps, and covers any abnormal discolorations. Finally, a laser is used to harden the material and bond it to your tooth. Dental bonding procedures do not require anesthesia.
How long does a typical bonding procedure take to complete?
Most bonding procedures only require 1 to 2 hours, and are completed within one visit. If you are having more than one tooth bonded, Dr. Bergman may suggest you stretch them out over a couple of visits in order to minimize discomfort. If you are replacing a chipped tooth or are getting a tooth lengthened, it may take a few days to get accustomed to the look and feel of your new smile.
How long does dental bonding last?
For patients with excellent oral hygiene, bonding procedures typically last around 10 years before they need to be replaced. Unlike the enamel on your natural teeth, the material used in the bonding procedure does not discolor over time. Therefore Dr. Bergman recommends that you schedule a periodic touch-up teeth whitening every few years.
Caring for your dental bonding
After your dental bonding procedure is completed it is important that you maintain a healthy oral hygiene regimen. Avoid harsh toothpastes and rough toothbrushes that can scratch the bonding and make it more susceptible to stains. Dr. Bergman recommends brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing at least once in addition to scheduling routine checkups.
How much does dental bonding cost?
Since dental bonding is one of the least invasive cosmetic tooth repair procedures, it is also one the most affordable. A typical tooth bonding will cost between $100 and $600 depending on the extent of the repair.
How do I schedule an appointment?
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or visit bergmanfamilydental.com today to see if dental bonding is right for you. Bergman Family Dental serves the St. Louis suburbs including Town and Country, Ballwin, Ellisville, Chesterfield, Wildwood, and Eureka.