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Dental Bonding in Guelph

Suffering from chipped or cracked teeth? Looking to improve the look of healthy teeth? Whatever the reason, dental bonding may be the solution for you!
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Guelph Family Dentistry - Guelph

Restore Damaged Teeth to Like-New Condition

Dental bonding (also known as composite bonding) is a cosmetic dental procedure for restoring broken, cracked, or chipped teeth through a process called Bonded Restoration. This dental restoration employs the use of composite resin, the same durable, natural-looking material used in composite tooth fillings. Composite resin is made from a combination of non-toxic minerals and resin that work together to create a lasting bond that can easily be matched to the exact color of teeth, making it an ideal choice for cosmetic dentistry.

Besides repairing damaged teeth, cosmetic bonding is also used to enhance smiles by reshaping teeth, correcting colour, and closing gaps without the need for veneers or orthodontics.

Dental bonding Vs. Other Cosmetic Dental Procedures

When it comes to restoring a chipped front tooth or simply improving your smile’s appearance, there are many options available. However, it’s important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution in cosmetic dentistry. Your teeth’s specific needs must be taken into account. We at Guelph Family Dentistry would be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss all of your options and the pros and cons of all available options to help you make an informed decision.

In the meantime, consider some of the following benefits of dental bonding:

Quick and Painless

Unlike fillings or dental veneers, dental bonding rarely requires drilling to prepare the tooth for treatment. Often, your natural tooth will not need to be altered in preparation for the bonding procedure. This means the bonding process is almost always completely free from discomfort.

 

Low Upfront Cost

While effective, extensive treatments such as dental veneers and orthodontics come with a hefty price tag. This is because more extensive changes to teeth call for personalized treatment plans of greater complexity. But, for minor changes to a few teeth, dental bonding is as simple and cost-effective as cosmetic dental treatments get.

Ideal for Small Repairs

Extensive tooth damage requires extensive treatments. For major alterations to your mouth, dental veneers, crowns, or orthodontics are reliable treatment options. But, if you’re suffering from minor tooth damage, such as small cracks or chips, composite bonding is one of the simplest, and easiest solutions available.

The Dental Bonding Process

Whether you’re looking to restore a damaged tooth or freshen up your smile’s appearance, the dental bonding process remains the same. To give you an idea of what to expect from your dental bonding appointment with Guelph Family Dentistry, we’ve laid out the steps from start to finish.

Preparing the Tooth

Before the bonding procedure begins, a thin film of plastic called a dental matrix is applied to the surrounding teeth. This dental matrix protects the teeth from any stray preparation gel or composite resin. Once the matrix is applied, the dentist carefully cleans and dries your tooth before applying the preparation gel. This mildly acidic gel creates a rough surface on the tooth onto which the bonding can more easily adhere.

Applying the Composite Resin

Once the acidic gel is cleaned away and the tooth is dried once more, the composite resin is applied. Your dentist will pick a resin that matches the exact color of your teeth for a natural-looking finish. Composite resin is applied in layers and a special blue light is used to cure each layer for maximum strength and durability.

Finishing Touches

Once the bond is cured, the doctor gives the tooth a quick polish as a finishing touch. Once the procedure is complete, the dental bond will look so natural, that you may even forget which tooth was repaired. We’ll make a note in your chart and at your future exams, the doctor will give some special attention to the composite bonded tooth to check for any wear and tear.

Cost of a dental bonding in Guelph

Dental bonding is used for such a wide variety of reasons that it is difficult to provide a ballpark estimate without learning more about your needs and examining your teeth. That being said, typically, it costs approximately $300 to $600 or more per tooth without insurance. Most insurance companies will cover dental bonding, especially if it’s needed to restore a broken or damaged tooth. With insurance, you can expect to pay somewhere around $60 to $120 out of pocket.

    When we’re determining the cost of your dental bonding treatment we look at these important factors:
  • How many teeth you need bonded.
  • Whether or not any new x-rays are required.
  • How much composite resin will be needed to complete the treatment.
  • Where the teeth in question are located in your mouth.
  • Your current overall oral health.

Remember, no dentist can give you an accurate quote over the phone. After an examination, we would love to provide you with an accurate quote in person so that you can find out your final costs and make an informed decision.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on the exact location of the bonding, your eating habits and general routine oral hygiene habits, dental bonding can last 4 to 10 years or more. If your dentist notices wear and tear at your routine exams, more composite resin can be applied to keep your dental bonding strong.
Bonding is not a permanent solution but it is a very long-lasting one. Dental bonding can last for more than a decade with routine dental care, good eating habits and regular exams. If your dental bonding shows signs of wear and tear it can be strengthened with additional composite resin.
Two very different procedures. Dental veneers are a better long-term option and a better option for patients who want to make more or more dramatic changes to their smile. Dental bonding has a shorter lifespan but is more cost-efficient for minor changes and is much less invasive as less of the natural tooth needs to be altered.
Dental bonding doesn't have major risks. Your natural tooth will remain almost completely if not entirely intact under the bonding. The bonding itself may chip or break over time but it can easily be repaired. A common concern we sometimes hear from patients is that dental bonding doesn’t lighten with teeth whitening. You may want to have your teeth whitened before getting dental bonding or you may have the bonding replaced to match your natural teeth after a whitening treatment. If you’re concerned about the durability of dental bonding you may want to consider dental veneers or crowns which are stronger and last longer.

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