Inexpensive & Conservative Restoration With Dental Bonding
If you’re dealing with cosmetic dental issues and oral health issues at the same time, you’re probably looking for a way to treat both. Fillings can repair a tooth’s structural integrity, but they can’t restore the look of the tooth. Porcelain veneers can beautify your teeth, but they don’t address underlying oral health issues. If you need to address cosmetic and oral health issues with your smile, Dr. Grivas can restore a tooth’s form as well as its function with dental bonding.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding involves your dentist molding composite resin to a tooth to repair minor damage and restore the tooth’s appearance. The resin is usually made of composite materials such as porcelain, quartz, and acrylic. With bonding there’s no need for impressions of your teeth to be made, Dr. Grivas expertly applies the resin freehand.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Bonding is becoming an increasingly popular treatment due to the multiple benefits it offers, including the following:
- Can be used to treat decay, damage, and discoloration
- More affordable than veneers
- Fills gaps between teeth
- Reinforces teeth to prevent further damage
- Restores your confidence in your smile
- Fast treatment
- Predictable results
- Non-invasive installation process
- Can replace fillings
- Helps your chew properly
- Makes teeth look more even
What Happens During Dental Bonding?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Grivas will evaluate your candidacy for dental bonding by thoroughly examining your mouth, reviewing your medical history, and asking you about what you want from the procedure. You may not qualify for bonding if your damage is too severe or the discoloration is widespread and highly noticeable.
Local anesthetic usually won’t be necessary as dental bonding is non-invasive. However, Dr. Grivas will use anesthetic and offer oral conscious sedation if the damage he needs to repair is close to the nerve, the tooth is decayed, or the tooth needs to be drilled to change its shape.
Once you and Dr. Grivas have both decided that bonding will be an effective treatment for you, we’ll help you pick a shade of resin to match your natural teeth. Then, we’ll schedule your next appointment.
To prepare your teeth for bonding, we’ll thoroughly clean them so the resin has a smooth, sanitary surface to adhere to. If necessary, we’ll apply an anesthetic to the soft tissues around the tooth that requires treatment. If you opted for sedation, we’ll make sure that’s working alongside your anesthetic before proceeding.
Dr. Grivas will bond the resin to your tooth, molding it into the proper shape. Your dentist will use a handheld blue light to harden the resin after it’s been molded. Once the resin dries, your dentist will further shape, trim, and polish it to match your natural smile. Once your dentist is done shaping and polishing your resin, you can start enjoying your restored smile
Frequently Asked Questions
The resin used for dental bonding usually lasts for three to ten years. To extend the life of your resin, you’ll need to practice proper oral hygiene and attend regular dental exams with Dr. Grivas. Your dentist will be able to help you maintain your dental bonding and replace it as needed.
The exact cost of your bonding procedure will vary depending on several factors such as how many teeth you need bonding for, the extent of the problem being treated, and your insurance. We encourage you to call your insurance provider beforehand to ask them if they can cover some or all of the cost of your dental bonding procedure. If you need help covering your costs, don’t worry. Our Sacramento office offers financing options, including new patient specials and third-party financing through CareCredit and LendingClub.
The resin used in dental bonding cannot be whitened. If you want to whiten your smile, your dentist recommends that you undergo teeth whitening before you undergo dental bonding. That way, we can ensure your resin matches the rest of your beautiful new smile.
Dental bonding takes an average 30 minutes to an hour, but this time frame varies based on factors such as the type and extent of the issue being addressed and how many teeth require bonding. Your dentist will be able to give you a more accurate estimate based on the information they gather during your consultation.
Smile Healthier & Smile Brighter With Dental Bonding
With dental bonding, Dr. Grivas can fix cosmetic issues with your smile while also boosting your oral health. By applying this versatile, tooth-colored, composite resin, your dentist can help you enjoy a more beautiful and healthier smile. Dr. Grivas is proud to offer his years of service to his patients across Sacramento, including neighboring areas such as Elk Grove, Folsom, and Riverview.
If you’re interested in restoring the look and function of your teeth, or you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Grivas, call our Sacramento office by dialing (916) 929-9222. You can also request an appointment online and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly.