Dental bonding, or teeth bonding, is a cosmetic dental procedure for addressing dental imperfections like cracks, chips, and minor dental decay. Sometimes dentists recommend bonding for covering minor stains on the teeth. The treatment involves using composite resin material that closely matches the tooth’s color to fill in and hide these imperfections for a seamless smile. If you’re interested in dental bonding in Billerica, contact us today at (978) 637-5648 to schedule a consultation.
Dentists mostly recommend dental bonding for covering minor to moderate chips on the teeth. These chips are large enough to be noticeable but don’t extend to the teeth’s canals. Dentists fill the chipped areas with bonding material, restoring the shape and function of the chipped teeth.
Dental bonding can also fill in cracks in the teeth to restore the teeth’s appearance and preserve their structural integrity. Small cracks in the teeth only grow larger with time and could develop into full-blown fractures. Dental bonding fills in these cracks to restore your smile and prevent the affected teeth from fracturing.
Cracks and chips aside, dentists might also recommend dental bonding for addressing mild to moderate dental decay. They’ll first remove the decayed parts of the teeth using a drill or laser. Next, they’ll use dental bonding material to restore the removed parts and prevent further decay.
Consultation and Preparation
The consultation provides an avenue to discuss your cosmetic goals and establish rapport with your dentist. The dentist will also examine your oral health to determine whether dental bonding suits you best. If so, they’ll apply a mild etching acid to roughen the enamel, making it bond better with the composite resin materials.
Shade selection and Application of Bonding Material
After preparing your teeth, the dentist will compare the color of your teeth to a shade guide and pick the shade that best matches your teeth color. Next, the dentist gently applies the bonding material to the affected portion of the teeth in layers. They’ll then carefully sculpt to match your tooth’s natural contours before moving to the next step.
Finishing Touches and Final Evaluation
The dentist will further shape and sculpt your teeth, ensuring they blend seamlessly with the rest. This majorly involves trimming the excess resin material and cleaning debris from the tooth surface. After, the dentist will use a rubber cap and polishing paste or a toothbrush with gritty toothpaste to polish your teeth.
Yes, dental insurance covers dental bonding but not always. Most dental insurance providers only cover dental bonding when necessary to address a dental complication. A great example of a dental complication that may require dental bonding is dental decay. Otherwise, insurance providers will not provide dental bonding coverage for cosmetic reasons.
A dental implant includes two parts: an abutment and a restoration. Together, these two pieces create a permanent replacement tooth that looks and functions just like a natural one would.
The first step of the dental implant process is a consultation at North Billerica Smiles. During your visit, we’ll assess your smile to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. If so, we’ll move onto the treatment planning phase.
One of our dentists will take x-rays and scans of your mouth, then use the detailed images of your teeth, gums, jawline, and surrounding bone structures to come up with a precise treatment plan. Once this is complete, you will come in for your oral surgery and your abutment will be placed in your gum. When this heals, this is the part of your implant that will function as an artificial tooth root.
3-6 Months after your abutment is places and your gums are fully healed, you’ll come back in for your final appointment. During your last visit, we’ll attach a dental crown or other restoration to the abutment, and this will create a replacement tooth that looks and feels natural. You’ll be able to chew, speak, and smile with ease - with no gaps in your teeth!
Since dental implants are an invasive oral surgery, you can expect to feel some pain. However, we use powerful numbing agents and anesthetics to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during your procedure. What’s more, we also send you home with a prescription for medication that will help ease your pain, if necessary. We do everything in our power to provide a smooth, pain-free implant treatment.
With proper care and oral hygiene, your dental implant should last the rest of your life. We also offer maintenance appointments to help ensure that your implant stays in good shape throughout the years.