Dental Bonding in Indianapolis, IN
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A Quick Fix for Minor Cosmetic Dental Problems
Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Most often, bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Sometimes, bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings or to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede.
Dental bonding requires the least amount of a tooth's enamel to be removed, thus minimizing discomfort and keeping as much of your tooth's structural integrity as possible.
In most cases, anesthesia is not required for bonding treatment.
Minor Disadvantages to Dental Bonding
Although extremely affordable, there are a few noteworthy disadvantages to dental bonding. Dental bonding is quite sturdy but does wear down over time, so the procedure will typically need to be redone. How long dental bonding actually lasts depends on the bonding thickness and your oral habits, such as tooth grinding, biting your nails, chewing hard foods, etc. Another minor disadvantage to dental bonding is that it can be stained with tea, coffee, cigarette smoke, etc., just like your normal teeth. Porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns are a much better and permanent solution to treating many of the same problems that can be treated with dental bonding.
We recommend coming in for a consultation first to see if dental bonding is adequate for your specific situation. To get started and to see if dental bonding is right for you, it's as easy as calling our office at or requesting an appointment through our website.
Dental Bonding Procedure
Very little preparation is necessary for dental bonding, and anesthesia is generally not required beforehand. We will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that most closely matches the color of your existing teeth.
The surface of your tooth will be etched, and a special cleaning/conditioning solution will be applied to allow the bonding resin to adhere to your tooth. Next, we will apply the bonding resin, which is putty-like in consistency and can be molded into the desired shape necessary for your specific situation. Once the resin has been properly placed, molded, and smoothed, we will use a special ultraviolet light that quickly hardens the resin.
After the resin has hardened completely, we will be able to fine-tune the shape of the resin as well as polish the material until it matches the sheen and overall texture of your natural teeth.
The entire process may take between 30 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on your application requirements and how severe the initial issue was.
Ball Dentistry Reviews
It had been five years since I could afford a dentist, when I walked through the doors of this place. Dr. Craig and assistant Jaylen took such good care of me. I wasn't judged, I genuinely felt like they cared! With the amount of cavities I had, I ended up visiting many times over the last 6 months, and made sure I got Dr. Craig and Jaylen every single time! I just wrapped up my last visit for a cap and crown yesterday, and they did excellent work! It was my first root canal and I didn't have a single fear or anything! I highly recommend these two, especially Jaylen. She is efficient, funny, kind, gets the job done, and also feels like your best friend while doing so! I can't wait to go back to see her and Dr. Craig for my cleaning!!! 10/10 recommend this place!!!!
Ball Dentistry has been or provider for several years and always take good care of us. I had a crown started today and it went fast and very well!
Recently went to Ball Denistry and had a facial...a diamond glow facial. It was a great experience, especially for my 1st time. Ashley made the experience just wonderful. She explained everything, she offered great advice. Ashley even shared some of her personal beauty secrets. How graceful and engaged she was. The staff and team are superb. I highly recommend Ball Denistry...and Ashley.
My first dental visit in over ten years so I was extremely anxious. Thomas and Rachel took really great care of me and made me feel at ease. Instead of lecturing me on my decade long absence from a dental chair, they welcomed me to come back for a complete exam to take care of my smile - while assuring me that they will do everything they can to make it as comfortable as possible. I would highly Recommend this class act office!
The dentists are friendly and assistants do a good job. Pleasant experience for when you have to go to the dentist