Dental bonding is a dental treatment in which Dr. DiGiulio, a Bend dentist, applies a tooth-colored resin to your teeth. This material is then cured with a special light source which bonds the material to the tooth and helps restore your smile. Dr DiGiulio has performed bonding procedures on her patients for over sixteen years and has hundreds of very satisfied patients. For a consultation in Dr DiGiulio’s, a Bend cosmetic dentist, office call 541.389.2885.
When Should You and Your Dentist Consider Bonding?
Dental bonding should be considered for the following conditions:
• To fix severely decayed teeth
• To improve tooth discoloration
• To close spaces between teeth
• To change the shape and contour of your teeth
• A cosmetic alternative to silver fillings
• To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that can be exposed when gums recede
Dr DiGiulio’s Procedure for Having a Tooth Bonded
• Preparation. No advance preparation is needed for dental bonding. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Dr DiGiulio will use a shade guide indicator to select a color that will match the color of your tooth.
• The bonding process. The surface of the tooth will be roughened and a preparatory liquid applied. This helps the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored resin is then applied, sculpted, and smoothed to the desired shape. An U.V. light source is then used to harden the material. After this step, Dr DiGiulio will further trim and shape it to match the desired sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
• How long from beginning to end?. Dr DiGiulio takes between 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete the bonding process.
For a consultation with Dr Digiulio, a Bend Cosmetic Dentist, call 541.389.2885
What Are the Advantages and Downsides of Bonding?
• Advantages: Dental bonding is among the simplest and cost effective cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns, which are customized tooth coverings manufactured in a dental laboratory, bonding can be done in one office visit unless several teeth are involved. Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is that bonding allows for the least amount of tooth enamel to be removed. This will prolong the life of the tooth. Usually anesthesia (a needle) is not required unless the bonding is being performed to fill a cavity.
• Downsides: Although the bonding material is relatively stain resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns & bridges. Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials sometimes do not last as long as other restorative treatments, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. Also, if one is not careful, the bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth.
For a consultation in Dr DiGiulio’s Bend dental office call 541.389.2885
Teeth and Dental Bonding
Do Bonded Teeth Require Special Care?
No. Bonded teeth do not require “specialized” care. Simply follow a good oral hygiene regimen. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day and see your dentist and hygienist for regular professional exams and cleanings.
Sometimes the bonding material can chip. To avoid this, it is best to avoid habits like biting fingernails, chewing on pens, ice, or other hard food objects. If you do notice any sharp edges on a bonded tooth call Dr DiGiulio. Often this can be taken care of very easily in quick office appointment.
How Long Does Bonding Material Last?
The life of bonding materials depends on how much bonding was done and your individual oral habits. you can prolong the usable life of your bonded tooth by avoiding chewing hard items like candy, ice, pens, and fingernails. Typically, bonding material lasts from 5 years up to 10 years before needing to be touched-up.
How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?
Costs of dental bonding may vary depending on where you live. Generally, bonding can range in cost from $100 to $300 per tooth. Check with your dental insurance company to find out if the cost of bonding might covered.For a consultation in Dr DiGiulio’s Bend dentist office call 541.389.2885
1470 SW Knoll Avenue
Bend, Oregon 97702