Dental Bonding

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR

A “whole health” approach to dental care considers your dental health in the context of your overall health, honing in on what is best for you, as an individual with unique needs. You are not just a set of teeth or an oral cavity with a problem that needs treatment. Dental bonding is no exception to this approach, all though it can look that way on the surface.

What is cosmetic dental bonding?

Dental bonding requires minimal reshaping and contouring of the natural tooth, making it one of the least invasive of dental procedures offering both restorative and cosmetic benefits. The dentist uses a composite resin material that is tooth colored, and bonds it to your teeth, correcting minor imperfections in your smile.
Portland dentist performing dental bonding on a patient.

How can cosmetic dental bonding fix my smile?

Although dental bonding is often considered cosmetic, it can also be restorative, providing you with a whole health impact.

Several dental conditions that benefit from restorative dental bonding include:

  • Cracked, broken or chipped teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Receding gums that cause sensitivity in the roots
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Discolored teeth

What are the benefits of cosmetic dental bonding?

Preserves tooth – Dental bonding not only provides a cosmetic solution to your smile but also does so by preserving your natural tooth structure, which is especially beneficial if the need arises to extend the restoration at a later time.

  • Cost – Dental bonding is less expensive than porcelain veneers or crowns, providing you with a cost-effective solution to a beautiful smile.
  • Time – Dental bonding does not require the use of a lab, which means you can have your procedure completed in one visit!
  • Aesthetics – Cosmetic dental bonding uses a composite resin material that blends in with your natural teeth.

What to expect during the procedure

  1. The procedure is painless; anesthesia is rarely needed unless you have a decayed tooth that requires a filling.
  2. A small amount of tooth structure is removed to make room for the new dental bonding material to be bonded.
  3. A special conditioning liquid is applied to the tooth, which aids in the bonding process.
  4. The material is applied to the tooth, and then shaped and molded to look beautiful and natural.
  5. The final steps include curing the material with a special light and then polishing it to make the material smooth.

Whole Health Dentistry offers complete oral care to patients of Sellwood-Moreland and Portland, Oregon. To schedule a consultation for cosmetic dental bonding, contact Whole Health Dentistry today at (503) 462-1538.