What is dental bonding?

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Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses composite resin (the same material used to fill cavities) to repair or conceal damage to your tooth.

Dr. Narra can use dental bonding to achieve a number of effects, including:

  • Concealing a discolored tooth
  • Elongating short or eroded teeth
  • Filling in chips or cosmetic cracks
  • Subtly widening teeth to make gaps appear smaller

Dental bonding is used to fix many of the same issues as porcelain veneers, but this method does have a few advantages. Unlike veneers, which require two or more visits to complete, bonding can often be done in just one visit to our office. Bonding requires less preparation of the tooth surface as compared to veneers. Also, bonding often tends to cost less. In some cases, bonding may be covered by your dental insurance. We are happy to look at your benefits and see if this applies in your case.

To apply dental bonding, Dr. Narra first preps the tooth by removing any damaged or decayed portion and then lightly etching the surface of the tooth. The bonding material is then applied and molded into the desired result. The bonding is allowed to cure and then any further sculpting and polishing will be completed. Because dental bonding is shaded to match the shade of your natural enamel, it will blend in beautifully with the rest of your teeth.

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