If you have a chipped, slightly misaligned, or otherwise imperfect tooth that needs cosmetic restoration, we may suggest one-appointment bonding. Dr. Chris Hill can apply liquid composite resin, shaded to blend with your tooth’s color, to rebuild a pleasing shape to your tooth. After hardening the resin with a curing light, he will artistically sculpt and polish the restoration. In just one visit, you can enjoy a beautiful new smile! Cosmetic bonding can be a viable, affordable alternative to porcelain veneers and last 5 to 10 years with proper care. Bonding will not discolor as your natural tooth enamel will, so touch-up teeth whitening may be required to keep your natural teeth the same shade as the bonded area.
Teeth Bonding Uses
Dental bonding may be considered to fix the following dental issues:
- To repair decayed teeth (resins are used to fill cavities)
- To repair chipped or cracked teeth
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- To close spaces between teeth
- To make teeth look longer
- To change the shape of teeth
- As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
- To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede
Tooth Bonding Consultation
Dr. Chris Hill can determine if you are a candidate for dental bonding and if your dental problems can be solved with bonding. We first will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth that may involve x-rays and an evaluation of your teeth and gums. During this consultation, Dr. Chris Hill will determine whether your concerns can be resolved with cosmetic bonding. If your teeth are severely damaged, Dr. Chris Hill may recommend an alternative treatment that meets your long-term goals.
Dental bonding is one of the most common and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. The process can usually be done in one short office visit depending on how many teeth are involved. An additional advantage to bonding is that when compared to the alternatives such as veneers and crowns, the procedure tends to be much more conservative.
To learn more about dental bonding or for questions regarding this procedure, please call our St. Louis dentist office or contact us today.