Many dentists in San Diego, CA are turning to bonding as a simple way to repair teeth. Dental bonding, or bonded restoration, as it is otherwise known, is a procedure to make minor alterations to teeth. The dentist uses a resin that is the same color as your tooth. He applies it on the tooth and then hardens it with a unique light. Think of bonding as a veneer but using a paste instead of porcelain. The procedure can be used to fix different kinds of cosmetic dental problems:

  • It can be inserted into cavities in order to stop them from getting worse.
  • It can be used to repair broken and chipped teeth.
  • If you have discolored teeth you can use bonding to get a white smile.
  • Small gaps between the teeth, especially front teeth, can be fixed using bonding.
  • You can use bonding to give teeth a different shape – you can make them longer for a more striking smile.

When gums recede and a part of the root is exposed bonding can be used to reverse the damage.

Are there advantages and disadvantages of bonding?

People choose bonding because it is the least expensive way to improve your smile. In addition to that, it involves little removal of enamel unlike veneers which require quite a bit of enamel to be removed.

As for disadvantages, the resin used in bonding will not last as long as veneers which can last for up to 20 years. Additionally, bonding is not very resistant to strains. If you don’t have the money that it takes to install veneers you should talk to your dentist about your options because bonding may be a perfectly good way to go.

That said, the amount of care that you give to your teeth makes a big difference. If you avoid things like using them to open cans, chewing pens and nails they can last you a long time. You should avoid hard candy, ice cubes and anything else that can cause your bonded teeth to crack. If you take good care of your teeth – brush 3 times a day, floss – you can be sure that your bonded teeth will last. You should make sure to see your dentist every six months for him to make sure that everything is okay. If you do all these things you can be sure that your boning will last for as long as 10 years.

What does the procedure involve?

Bonding is a relatively simple procedure and it is also painless unless the resin is being used to fill a cavity, in which case you will need local anesthesia. Here is what you can expect:

  • The first thing that the dentist does is to choose a resin that is similar in color to the rest of your teeth. If he cannot find one he will choose the closest one that he can find.
  • The next step is to roughen the surface of the tooth. The dentist will use a conditioning liquid which creates microscopic grooves on the tooth that enable better adherence of the bonding resin.
  • Once that is done the dentist then applies the resin and shapes it into the desired shape of the tooth. A laser is shone on the tooth to ensure that the resin binds fast and permanently to the tooth. If there is any further shaping or trimming the dentist does it at this point. Once that is done all that is left is to polish the tooth.

This whole procedure takes between half an hour and 1 hour. Afterwards you may find that you feel a little weird each time you run your tongue over the bonded tooth (it may feel like it’s bigger than the rest of your teeth) – that is normal and you shouldn’t worry; you will feel okay in a few days.

In case you are wondering how much bonding costs, it is a lot cheaper than veneers. It will cost you between $300 and $600 to get one tooth bonded by a dentist in San Diego, CA. In comparison, it is rare to get veneers that cost less than $1,000 per tooth.

It is important that you find a dentist who is experienced in bonding to do your procedure. They should have been bonding teeth for at least 5 years and they should have a photo portfolio of their previous work to show patients. Make sure that they trained at a reputable institution and that they are licensed to practice in San Diego, CA.