Towson Dental provides dental bonding for our patients for a variety of reasons. Be sure to check your dental insurance plan to see what portion of dental bonding will be covered by insurance. We can help you determine what your coverage is.
What is Dental Bonding?
A lot of people ask us, just what is dental bonding? Dental bonding is a dental procedure that involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. Your dentist will perform dental bonding to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes.
First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the dental bonding and hold it. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.
Caring for Your Dental Bonding
To ensure your dental bonding lasts as long as possible, there are several things you should do:
- Avoid chewing ice
- Avoid chewing hard candy
- Don’t open things with your teeth (tearing open a plastic bag, for instance)
- Avoid things that can stain your bonding – coffee, red wine and tobacco products
- Brush your teeth twice a day
And be sure to schedule regular visits with your dentist to keep your smile looking it’s best! Call the Towson Dental office at 410-339-5858 to schedule an appointment, or fill out the form. We’re always accepting new patients! We’re conveniently located on Osler Drive near Towson University and The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.