Restore Your Smile with Dental Bonding in Scottsdale
Dr. Wiitala may address structural and cosmetic issues in a number of ways. One of the most conservative and affordable treatments that may be suited to your needs is dental bonding.
The cosmetic dentist procedure of dental bonding can be used for multiple reasons. Our board certified cosmetic dentists at Eric Wiitala DDS will advise you whether or not dental bonding is the right solution for you when you have your consultation. Patients can use dental bonding for the following reasons:
- Repair cracked, chipped or fractured teeth.
- Repair or stop the decay of teeth.
- Improve discolored teeth.
- Change the size of teeth.
- Protect the roots of teeth that may be exposed.
- Remove the gaps between teeth.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a process of repairing, chipped, fractured, decayed, or stained teeth with tooth-colored composite resin. It is a quick and easy way to make teeth beautiful and natural again. Dr. Wiitala also uses bonding to fill in cracks and spaces between teeth to give you the aesthetic result you’re looking for. Dental bonding is also commonly used to whiten discolored areas of teeth.
Bonding is a type of direct veneer process intended to restore a beautiful surface. Enamel is covered with a composite resin material that, once shaped and polished, looks like your natural tooth. Because little to no reduction is necessary to achieve the desired outcome, bonding is an ideal solution for patients who do not want the commitment of a permanent restoration, such as a veneer.
Dr. Wiitala uses a conservative approach and preserves natural tooth structure to give each patient the cosmetic result they expect. Every patient and every tooth are different, and it takes dental artistry to achieve optimum results. If dental bonding is something you are interested in, please visit Eric Wiitala, DDS in Scottsdale, AZ.
The Dental Bonding Process
Aside from its affordable cost, the dental bonding procedure is appealing because it can be completed in a single visit to our office. To restore a tooth, the surface is etched slightly with a liquid primer. The conditioning solution promotes a strong bond between enamel and composite resin. While working with the putty-like substance, Dr. Wiitala pays close attention to the tiny details that will achieve a lifelike appearance. To complete treatment, the composite is hardened with light. The tooth is polished and you can go about your day with a beautiful new smile!
Understanding the Pros and Cons
There is very little risk to the dental bonding procedure because minimal tooth reduction takes place. Due to the characteristics of composite resin, which is a combination of resin and quartz, bonding is best suited to small areas of concern, such as a slight gap or chip. With good care, results should last for up to ten years. However, it is important to note that this restoration can become stained, just like your natural teeth.
In comparison to bonding, porcelain veneers can disguise larger imperfections with outstanding results because porcelain resembles enamel in a number of ways. Where composite is slightly more opaque, porcelain has greater translucency. When you look at your smile, you expect to see through the tips of your teeth. Porcelain makes this possible, whereas composite may be better suited to areas of the tooth that are closer to the gums.
The Cost of Dental Bonding
In our office, we discuss the costs and details of dental bonding treatment during your consultation. Variables differ from patient to patient based on the extent of work to be done and the nature of the problem. When bonding is performed to repair damage such as a cavity, insurance coverage may be available to assist with the final cost. However, most insurance companies do not extend benefits for cosmetic bonding. Before your procedure, you are encouraged to speak with your dental coverage provider. Click here to access more information on Eric Wiitala, DDS’s financing policies.
We are excited to help you achieve a smile that you love. Call (480) 657-6981 or request your personal consultation.