How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?
Belvidere Dental Bonding is a great option for repairing chipped or broken teeth, reshaping teeth gaps, aligning your smile, or repairing damage from bruxism. But how much will it cost you? The answer depends on your situation, your dentist, your insurance, and what materials you select. However, there are some guideposts we can use to anticipate what you should expect.
Firstly, what is Dental Bonding?
Dental Bonding is the process of attaching composite or resin material to otherwise healthy tooth structure. It can be used to reshape teeth, protect and exposed root, or cosmetically achieve symmetry between teeth.
Types of Bonding
Direct Composite Bonding- The dentist will clean the teeth and the repairing tooth area. Then they will directly attach bonding material and composite resin. The new material will be shaped immediately, then dried with a UV light, another round of shaping and setting. The direct composite bonding requires a steady and shapely hand from the dentist. Ask to see the results of successful applications and compare them to the work you want done. This is all usually done is one outpatient session.
Adhesive Bonding- Adhesive bonding usually follows the same process, but also includes and etching period to allow restorative material to be shaped to the tooth. This is less of a “freehand” shaping and more dictated by design.
The Dental Bonding Process
The bonding process will begin with a precise and thorough cleaning. This provides the dentist with a “blank canvas” to begin. The the tooth or teeth material to repair will be assessed. If there is any adjustment necessary to the existing material, such as removal of decayed tooth, this will be done. Then the Dentist will apply the composite and bonding agent, shape the tooth, and set it to dry with a UV light. During this drying phase they may make adjustments or reshape the material before it is set.
The Cost of Dental Bonding
Dental Bonding is on the cheaper end of restorative dental practices, and it is timely. The cost should also include the amount of time you are saving, which is months as compared to dentures, dental implants, or veneers. The cost also includes a lot of general discomfort and pain you are avoiding, like having your root exposed, having teeth pulled, or having a bone graft inserted. The cost itself is somewhere between 300 and 500 dollars per tooth. This is before insurance and dependent on your dentist and the materials used. Begin the conversation with your dentist, consult with your insurance on coverage options, and do not be afraid to “shop around.”
Where do I find the cost of Dental Bonding?
Make an appointment with your dentist. Discuss the work you would like to have done, and ask the what their cost estimate would be. Then contact your insurance provider, or any nearby dental universities to hear what their charges and costs would be. There are many options to avoid paying too much. Although the upfront cost is a reasonable sum, it does not compare to the cost of living with missing teeth or exposing yourself to the pain of further tooth loss and dental disease.