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Dental Bonding in Thunder Bay

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What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding uses composite resin – the same material used for composite fillings – to shape a tooth. Teeth that are chipped, cracked or broken can be ‘built up’ with composite resin in a process called Bonded Restoration. This repair will restore the tooth to like-new condition and will last a long time with routine care. Dental bonding is also used to enhance the aesthetic appeal of a smile by reshaping teeth, correcting colour and closing gaps without the need for veneers or orthodontics.

How Does Dental Bonding Compare To Other Options?

There are numerous options to restore your teeth or achieve your ideal smile. The most suitable options for you will be based on your individual needs. We are delighted to discuss all options and their advantages and disadvantages during your appointment, helping you make an informed decision. With that in mind, here are some of the benefits of dental bonding:

Quick and painless

Unlike fillings or dental veneers, which typically require some drilling to prepare the tooth for treatment, dental bonding usually requires very little, if any, removal of your natural tooth. This means that the bonding procedure is almost always completely painless.

Low upfront cost

More extensive treatments such as dental veneers and orthodontics come with a higher price tag, and for good reason. These treatments require a personalized and complex treatment plan for more extensive and dramatic changes. However, for minor changes to a few teeth, dental bonding is a simple and cost-effective treatment option.

Great for small repairs

If you’re considering extensive changes to your smile, you’ll benefit from a more complex treatment plan that may include dental veneers, crowns, or orthodontics. However, for minor changes, dental bonding is the simplest solution available.

Cost of a dental bonding in Thunder Bay

Dental bonding is used for such a wide variety of reasons that it is difficult to provide a ballpark estimate without learning more about your needs and examining your teeth. That being said, typically, it costs approximately $300 to $600 or more per tooth without insurance. Most insurance companies will cover dental bonding, especially if it’s needed to restore a broken or damaged tooth. With insurance, you can expect to pay somewhere around $60 to $120 out of pocket.

    When we’re determining the cost of your dental bonding treatment we look at these important factors:
  • How many teeth you need bonded.
  • Whether or not any new x-rays are required.
  • How much composite resin will be needed to complete the treatment.
  • Where the teeth in question are located in your mouth.
  • Your current overall oral health.

Remember, no dentist can give you an accurate quote over the phone. After an examination, we would love to provide you with an accurate quote in person so that you can find out your final costs and make an informed decision.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

The longevity of dental bonding, lasting anywhere from 4 to 10 years or more, depends on factors such as the bonding’s location, your eating habits, and your oral hygiene routine. If wear and tear are noticed during your routine exams, your dentist can apply more composite resin to maintain the strength of your dental bonding.

While bonding is not a permanent solution, it is highly durable. With routine dental care, good eating habits, and regular exams, dental bonding can last for over a decade. If your dental bonding shows signs of wear and tear, it can be reinforced with additional composite resin.

These are two distinct procedures. Dental veneers are a superior long-term option and are ideal for patients seeking significant or dramatic changes to their smile. On the other hand, dental bonding has a shorter lifespan but is more cost-effective for minor changes. It is also less invasive since less of the natural tooth needs to be altered.

Dental bonding carries minimal risks. Your natural tooth remains almost entirely intact beneath the bonding. While the bonding material may chip or break over time, it can be easily repaired. One common concern we hear from patients is that dental bonding does not lighten with teeth whitening. If you plan to undergo teeth whitening, you may want to consider whitening before getting dental bonding or replacing the bonding to match your natural teeth after whitening. If you’re worried about the durability of dental bonding, you may want to explore options like dental veneers or crowns, which are stronger and longer-lasting.

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