Forest Hills Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a tooth-colored restoration that’s essentially made of the same material as white composite fillings. It’s a common procedure we recommend for people with minor cosmetic tooth concerns.

Bonding comes in a variety of different shades, so that our Forest Hills cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Mark can select the best color for your smile’s needs.

When we shape bonding over your tooth enamel, the ultimate goal is to recreate the surface of your tooth in a way that makes your bite look anatomically complete and pleasing

Why Consider Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding can be used for either aesthetic or restorative needs, depending on the issue at hand. Some of the more common issues we address with bonding include problems like:

• Chipped teeth
• Gaps in your smile
• Visible or sensitive root surfaces
• Pitted or misshaped enamel
• Smooth-surface cavities

What to Expect During Bonding Treatment

Having a tooth bonded is usually a short and extremely comfortable procedure. In most cases, it’s not even necessary for Dr. Mark to numb the tooth receiving the bonding.

Usually all that’s needed is preparation of bonding a tooth surface is to gently roughen the outer layer of enamel, so that the composite will bond tightly with the tooth.

From there, Dr. Mark uses a shade guide to specify the exact color and hue of composite to use for your smile. Next, it’s shaped over your tooth with a small handheld instrument to recreate the shape and contour desired. Finally, Dr. Mark will use a special light to cure the composite so that it hardens in place.

Cosmetic Bonding for Gapped Teeth

If you have a small gap between your two front teeth, it’s usually easier and more cost effective to cover it with bonding (as opposed to dental veneers or crowns.)

As long as the gap isn’t too large, the bonding can be added to the side of each respective tooth, slightly widening the tooth’s overall appearance and thus filling in the space between them.

Dental Bonding for Chipped Tooth

An uneven or chipped tooth can pose a significant aesthetic challenge, detracting from the overall appearance of your entire smile.

With bonding, we can quickly erase the appearance of a chipped tooth without the need for a full coverage crown or veneer.

Since bonding is so simple and cost effective, it’s often the preferred cosmetic treatment for addressing minor tooth irregularities, including chipped teeth.

Treatment for Exposed Root Surfaces

Gum recession is a common symptom of gum disease, bruxism (grinding,) and overzealous tooth brushing. Abrasion often accompanies the receding gums, leaving a notch that’s worn out in the exposed root surface.

Since tooth roots are more sensitive and susceptible to decay, it’s important to take steps to cover them. When gingival grafting isn’t an option, another alternative to consider is bonding over the root itself. The bonding is usually matched to the whiter crown (since roots are more yellow in color) for optimal cosmetic results.

Covering Irregular Enamel Surfaces

Pitted or misshaped tooth enamel can be a result of congenital deformities, environmental factors, or other physical trauma.

Even though atypical enamel may not be extensive, it can pose a significant issue when it comes to how the overall smile of a person looks.

Fortunately, bonding over such areas are simple and straightforward ways to correct any cosmetic concerns.

How Much Does Bonding Cost?

Although composite bonding is regarded as a cosmetic procedure, it’s a relatively inexpensive and efficient one. In most cases, it costs about the same as a small filling; because essentially, that’s exactly what it is.

Bonding for strictly aesthetic purposes may not be covered by your dental insurance. However, if it’s used for functional purposes or to treat tooth damage, it can likely meet the requirements of a restorative filling. That means it may qualify for coverage under your benefits.

Combining Bonding with Other Cosmetic Treatments

Each of our smile makeovers are designed to address specific issues on a tooth-by-tooth basis. Bonding can easily be combined with other cosmetic treatments like veneers, crowns, or whitening. Dr. Mark might suggest whitening and bonding before any other type of aesthetic procedure, to determine if this minimally invasive option can give you the results you’re looking for.

If you’re considering any other types of cosmetic dentistry, it’s best to go ahead and whiten your teeth prior to bonding. That’s because after composite is placed, it can’t be whitened. The ideal situation is to have your teeth whitened before the bonding is placed, so that Dr. Mark can select the brightest color of composite. Otherwise you would have to change the bonding out with a new restoration if you ever decided to bleach your teeth in the future.

Maintenance of Your New Restoration

It’s important to care for your bonding so that it lasts as long as possible. Occasionally bonding may need to be updated, especially if it’s in an area such as the edge of a tooth, where biting pressure is applied.

Brush and floss around your bonding daily. At night, consider wearing a night guard (bite splint) to avoid excess wear to your bonding and surrounding teeth.

Bonding vs. Recontouring

Sometimes teeth don’t need to be added onto, but there are still cosmetic issues related to their shape. Recontouring is an alternative to dental bonding, where Dr. Mark smooths out uneven edges for a more consistent smile line. Like bonding, recontouring can be done independently or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures.

More often than not, the two go hand in hand, depending on the sizes and shapes of the teeth at the front of your smile.

Is Bonding Right for You?

Bonding is a quick, easy, and affordable way to correct significant cosmetic issues in just one appointment. Although not all areas can be bonded, Dr. Mark will frequently recommend this treatment as the most conservative treatment available.

To find out if you qualify for bonding and how it can help to enhance your smile, schedule a consultation and exam at Forest Hills Dental today.