At Harrison Dental Associates, we are passionate about helping patients of all ages achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. When you notice a small crack, chip, or stain on your tooth, know that we are here to help you.
Our team utilizes tooth bonding to help patients conceal minor blemishes on their teeth surfaces. Tooth bonding is minimally invasive and can be done within one appointment. Similar to a dental filling, tooth bonding takes a tooth-colored resin and applies it over any damages.
Then, the resin is shaped and hardened until it blends in seamlessly with your natural smile. You should notice a difference right away and should be able to leave our office feeling more confident with your smile.
Tooth Bonding in Charlottesville, VA
As your trusted cosmetic dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Matthew Harrison is happy to provide tooth bonding services to repair minor dental blemishes. Small cracks, chips, or stains on your teeth surfaces can severely distract from your overall smile aesthetic. This is why patients love tooth bonding services because it is a fast and cost-effective way to improve your smile and conceal imperfections. Below are some common questions we get regarding our tooth bonding services.
How Tooth Bonding Works
The dental bonding process is fairly simple and routine. Your dentist can complete it in just one visit. The first step in the process is to prepare the tooth. You may choose to use a local anesthetic however some people do not even need it. The dentist will gently etch the tooth to create a rough surface. This will allow the composite resin to bond to tooth’s surface. Then your dentist will apply the resin and shape it by hand. Once the tooth looks normal, the dentist will use a curing light to harden the resin. Your results will look completely natural and the tooth will blend in with the rest of your teeth.
Tooth Bonding FAQs
I have a stain on my tooth. How will tooth bonding help?
Some stains are stubborn against bleaching agents used during teeth whitening treatments. If this is the case, Dr. Harrison can conceal a stain on your tooth using tooth bonding material. The tooth-colored resin is applied over the stain and shaped down to your tooth’s surface to blend in with your natural tooth. Once complete, the stain should be completely hidden by the bonding material.
My tooth’s chip is very deep. Can it be fixed with tooth bonding?
This is hard to answer without evaluating your tooth first. We recommend having a chipped or cracked tooth seen as soon as possible to avoid further dental damage. If your chip or crack is too deep, you may require more extensive restorative solutions like a dental crown.
Will anyone be able to tell that my tooth has been repaired via bonding?
No one should be able to tell that your tooth was repaired using tooth bonding services. The resin we use for tooth bonding procedures closely resembles the color of your natural tooth. When complete, the only thing people should be able to notice is your improved smile aesthetics.
Does dental insurance cover dental bonding?
Most policies offer coverage if the treatment is not for cosmetic purposes. For example, if you having a gap filled, your dental insurance will likely not provide coverage. However, if you have a chipped tooth that may threaten your oral health, then your dental insurance will likely offer some type of coverage. If you have any questions about your procedure, we encourage you to call your insurance provider and learn more about what they do and do not cover.