Dental Bonding in Beckley, Summersville, & Webster Springs, WV

Get Beautiful Teeth With Dental Bonding & Dr. Lucky

Everyone can have tooth problems from time to time. Some of us are born with teeth that are shaped differently or might suffer injury due to sports or other accidents. Dental bonding is a procedure Dr. Lucky may recommend where a tooth-colored resin (a durable plastic material) is applied to reshape a tooth. The resin is hardened using a special light. This “bonds” the resin material to the tooth, which restores or improves the person’s smile.

When Can Dental Bonding Be Used?

Dental Bonding is used as a treatment option for a variety of dental conditions, such as:

  • A cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, to repair decayed teeth and fill cavities
  • To change the shape of teeth
  • To close spaces between teeth
  • To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • To make teeth look longer
  • To protect a portion of the tooth’s roots that has been exposed when gums recede
  • To repair chipped or cracked teeth

What Can I Expect With The Dental Bonding Process?

There is minimal preparation to be done before the bonding process is applied, unless decay must be removed. The dentist will use a guide to select a shade of the composite resin that matches your tooth closely.

For the bonding process, the tooth surface is roughened and a conditioning liquid is applied. This helps the bonding material cling to the tooth. The next part of the bonding process is the placement of the tooth-colored, putty-like resin material that is molded to the desired shape.

Using an ultraviolet light or laser, our dentist hardens the material. It is trimmed, shaped, and polished to match the rest of the tooth surface. The total time for the bonding takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.

How Do I Care For A Bonded Tooth?

A bonded tooth does not require any special care beyond following good hygiene practices. Brushing it along with your other teeth twice a day, regular daily flossing, rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups and cleanings will keep your bonded tooth looking its very best. The bonded tooth material is durable, but it can chip, so it might be best to avoid habits as biting fingernails, chewing on hard items like pens, pencils or ice, or using teeth as an opener. If you notice any sharp edges on your bonded tooth or it feels odd, contact Dr. Lucky’s office to have our professionals check it for you.

How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost, & How Long Does It Last?

Depending on the extent of the bonding work to be done, price may range from $100 to $400 per tooth. Check with your dental insurer to find out if they cover all or part of the cost. Dental bonding generally provides quality results for anywhere from three to ten years, depending on the materials, how well it is applied, and your own oral habits. The material can chip or need to be touched up or replaced.

Dental bonding is viewed as a suitable treatment for small cosmetic changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and for correction of teeth in areas where there is very low bite pressure; such as front teeth. The dentist will offer his professional recommendation about the cosmetic approach that is best for your particular problem.