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If you have a tooth that has been damaged, is discolored, or has other cosmetic issues, you may be considering different cosmetic procedures to address the issue. For minor adjustments, dental bonding may be the perfect option to meet your needs.

Dental bonding is a tooth-colored restoration that is used for minor repairs. The bonding materials come in different shades, which allows Dr. Gregory Mark to pick the right shade to match the healthy portion of your tooth.

With dental bonding in Forest Hills NY provided by Forest Hills Dental, the bonding will be shaped to perfectly recreate the look and feel of your natural tooth. Once the procedure is complete, you’ll have a restored tooth that fits in perfectly with the rest of your smile!

Why Dental Bonding in Forest Hills NY?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that is intended to address minor aesthetic issues. Some of the common issues that dental bonding helps to address include:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Pitted or misshaped enamel
  • Discoloration
  • Gaps in your smile
  • Visible or sensitive root surfaces
  • Smooth-surface cavities

While dental bonding can help with damage like chips, it is not intended to restore more advanced forms of damage. For these types of restorations, a dental veneer or even a dental crown may be required. Dr. Mark will let you know what repair option is best to meet your needs when you set an appointment for a consultation.

Bonding vs. Recontouring

The main difference between dental bonding and recontouring is that dental bonding involves adding to the tooth, while recontouring involves removing. Recontouring is a procedure in which Dr. Mark smooths uneven edges out to create a consistent smile line. Dental bonding requires the addition of composite resin to restore the appearance of the tooth or fill in gaps between teeth.

The two may go hand in hand, depending on the shapes and sizes of your front teeth.

What to Expect During Your Dental Bonding Treatment?

The dental bonding procedure is pretty simple, comfortable, and quick. Often, a numbing anesthetic isn’t even needed for the dental bonding process.

Dr. Mark will prep the tooth that is receiving the composite resin by roughening the outer layer of the enamel. This helps the composite to bond more tightly with the tooth. Dr. Mark then uses a shade guide to pick the perfect color and hue of the composite resin material that will be used on the tooth. The resin is then sculpted over your tooth and contoured to create the right shape. Once Dr. Mark is happy with the way the tooth looks, he will use a special light to cure the composite, so it hardens. You can expect the entire process to be completed in a single visit.

Dental Bonding for a Chipped Tooth

No one likes having a chipped tooth. It can take away from the appearance of a smile and can lead to a drop in self-confidence.

Dental bonding is a quick solution to repair the appearance of a chipped tooth without the need for a more advanced procedure (like a dental veneer or dental crown). This option is less invasive, more cost-effective, and extremely simple.

Cosmetic Bonding for Gapped Teeth

Having small gaps between teeth is annoying. This is especially so for the front two teeth. Dental bonding is an excellent solution for a minor gap. The composite resin can be used to slightly widen the appearance of a tooth. This gives the illusion of a wider natural tooth and fills the gap.

Bonding Treatment for Exposed Root Surfaces

If you have gum disease, bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching), or other issues that lead to gum recession, you may be left with a notch that is worn out on the exposed surface of the root. Tooth roots are more susceptible to decay and sensitivity. That is why it’s important to cover them. An excellent solution is dental bonding over the root.

Covering Irregular Enamel Surfaces

You may have misshaped or pitted tooth enamel that is caused by environmental factors, physical trauma, or congenital deformities. Whatever the reason may be, it can pose a real issue with the overall appearance of a person’s smile.

Dental bonding over these areas is a great way to correct cosmetic issues with irregular enamel surfaces.

Combining Bonding with Other Cosmetic Treatments

Dental bonding can be an excellent addition to an overall smile makeover plan. Often, dental bonding is combined with other procedures like dental whitening, crowns, or veneers.

Dr. Mark will generally suggest whitening or bonding for minor aesthetic issues, as they are simple and much less invasive. Dr. Mark wants to keep as much of your natural tooth as possible. While dental veneers and crowns are useful, they also involve the removal of a significant portion of the tooth. Dental bonding and whitening are much more minor, so they are considered better repair options.

If you are considering whitening, it’s best to do so before dental bonding. This is because the composite resin used for the dental bonding cannot be whitened. If you whiten your teeth first, Dr. Mark can choose a composite color that matches the whitened teeth.

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Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure, and it isn’t intended to add additional support. It’s important to take proper care of the tooth or teeth that have received bonding. Continue to brush, floss, and rinse every day, twice a day. If you have bruxism, wear a night guard to protect the bonding (as well as your teeth in general).

Dental bonding doesn’t last forever. You will need to have the bonding updated occasionally. With that said, proper care will increase the amount of time your dental bonding lasts.

Is Bonding Right for Me?

While dental bonding is an excellent solution for many patients that is easy, quick, and affordable, it isn’t the right option for everyone. If you are suffering from minor cosmetic issues, you may be a candidate for dental bonding. For more advanced treatment, though, you will need a different form of repair.

To see if you are a good candidate for dental bonding, reach out to Forest Hills Dental. We’ll schedule you an appointment with Dr. Mark so he can evaluate the issue and see what repair option is best to meet your needs.

Payment Options

At Forest Hills Dental, we believe all people deserve oral care services. No matter what your background or income level is, we are here to help. If you have dental insurance, we will work with your provider to get you an excellent rate. If you don’t have insurance, we will discuss other payment options with you (such as CareCredit).

Let us know if you need any financial support and we will work with you to see what payment options are available to meet your needs.

Why Forest Hills Dental?

Forest Hills Dental provides outstanding cosmetic dentistry services at competitive rates. Dr. Gregory Mark has been in the field of dentistry for over 30 years and is an expert in the field of cosmetic dentistry. He is able to perfectly place your dental bonding.

At Forest Hills Dental, we are committed to providing patients with the best customer service possible. We treat our patients like family, and we promise to provide top-quality care with a smile!

General Services

Dental bonding is an excellent repair solution, but it is not preventative. In order to ensure your ongoing oral health, you’ll need to visit every six months for a cleaning and checkup.

During your bi-annual checkup, Dr. Mark will take a look at your teeth, gums, and jawbone to diagnose any oral health issues. He will also check for oral cancer. If Dr. Mark discovers any issues that need to be addressed, he will schedule you for an appointment to treat the problem. Dr. Mark will also provide you with a professional cleaning and will remove buildups of plaque from your teeth.

X-rays are a common part of dental checkups. All of our x-ray methods are extremely safe. X-rays allow Dr. Mark to better diagnose issues with your teeth, gums, and jawbone. This allows him to better treat any oral health problems you are suffering from.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning and checkup, that’s alright! It’s better to get one now than to wait even longer. We are here to help you, even if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while.

If you have any questions about checkups, cleanings, x-rays, or any other services, let us know. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Reach Out to Forest Hills Dental Today!

If you have a tooth or teeth that are discolored, chipped, or require any other restorative services, reach out to Forest Hills Dental today! Dr. Mark will take a look and see if dental bonding is the best solution to meet your needs.

We look forward to seeing you and restoring your smile!


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