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What Parents Should Know About Dental Bonding

Child in dental chair with thumbs upIn the event that your child has a tooth that has been chipped or cracked, or if a tooth has been slightly discolored or decayed, you will be presented with a few options for restoring your child’s tooth. These options can include dental crowns, veneers, and bonding.

Dental bonding is the fasted and most cost-effective of all of these options, but it’s also the one that people know the least about!

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a restorative dental procedure. The dental bonding procedure consists of composite resin being cemented to the surface of your child’s tooth to change the appearance of the tooth or to restore the functionality of the tooth. The resin is applied to the tooth and hardened through the use of a special light. Once hardened, it is then filed down to the proper size, shape, and thickness. Bonding will protect your child’s tooth from further damage.

Things to Know About Dental Bonding

Below are a few facts about dental bonding and what you should know before considering dental bonding for your child:

  • Covered by Insurance – Dental bonding is less expensive than veneers or dental crowns and they are usually covered by your child’s dental insurance. With the addition of what insurance pays, you probably won’t end up paying much out of pocket.  
  • No Anesthesia Necessary – Because getting dental bonding is one of the quickest, most simple, and least invasive of all dental procedures. No type of anesthesia is necessary.
  • Bonding is Only for Mild Cases – If decay or cracks are caught early enough, dental bonding is an option. However, if the tooth has severe decay or damage, a crown may be necessary to cover more surface of your child’s tooth.
  • Bonding Has Many Uses – While dental bonding is mainly used for cracks, decay, or discoloration, it can also be used to fill in gaps between teeth, elongate the teeth, or improve other areas of the aesthetics of your child’s smile.

Here at Firestone Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, it’s important to us that our patients and their parents are educated about the procedures we use here at our office. For more information about dental bonding or to make an appointment for your child, please contact our children’s dental office here in Firestone, Colorado. 

Posted on Nov 12, 2019
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