Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure where tooth-colored composite material is applied to a tooth, shaped, allowed to harden, and polished. It can be used in certain situations where a tooth has been damaged or become stained. These are generally minor repairs that can be resolved through this relatively inexpensive means rather than through a more costly dental procedure.
How it Works:
The dentist prepares the tooth surface so the bonding material will adhere. Once it has been applied, the dentist will shape it so it has a natural appearance. Then the material is allowed to harden, usually with the help of a light. Finally, the composite is polished and buffed so that the surface is smooth.
This is not a process that is recommended if you are a smoker, as smoke causes staining. Also, the material is not as durable as porcelain veneers and crowns, so it chips more easily; it may eventually require replacing.
Bonding is a perfectly adequate and more affordable solution to certain dental problems. Dental bonding takes very little time to accomplish and may not even require anesthesia. Depending upon the issue, insurance may cover it.
Please don’t hesitate if you have a dental problem but are worried about the time, cost or pain involved. Perhaps dental bonding can offer you a solution. Give us a call at (509) 834-7289, and we’d be happy to discuss your options.