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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.

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Andrea Ball and Brooke. They did a wonderful job of correcting my issue and I'm couldn't be more happy with the service and care they have consistently provided me. They always make going to the dentist a great experience and they truly care about their patients. I highly recommend Ball Dentistry to anyone.

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How long does dental bonding last, and what can impact its longevity?
Can dental bonding be repaired if it gets damaged?

Yes, if dental bonding gets chipped or damaged, it can usually be repaired or touched up. It's essential to contact your dentist as soon as you notice any issue so they can assess the damage and determine the best course of action. Repairs can often be done quickly, restoring the appearance and function of the bonded tooth.

Are there any special dietary restrictions to follow after getting dental bonding?

While dental bonding is durable and allows you to eat most foods, it's wise to avoid certain items that could cause damage. Hard or sticky foods, such as ice, hard candies, or chewy caramels, can potentially chip or dislodge the bonding material. Discussing your diet and eating habits with your dentist will provide specific guidance tailored to your individual situation and bonding treatment.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.