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Dental Bonding
Greensboro, NC

Bald man smiling about his dental care from Dr. Julie Phillips Prosthodontics in Greensboro, NC
Dental bonding is a simple cosmetic procedure that we can perform to fix small imperfections in your teeth. We do this by applying a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, then shape it, harden it with a blue light, and finally polish it. Though simple and cost effective, the results can be dramatic. If you have a trouble spot, you may not need a more expensive repair such as a dental crown or veneers; ask our team at Dr. Julie Phillips Prosthodontics about dental bonding as a treatment option.

Dental bonding can be used to alter a number of tooth issues including:
•  Gaps: We can close gaps between teeth.
•  Chips and Cracks: We can repair and even out teeth that have been chipped, or repair and close in cracks.
•  Discolored: We can cover teeth that have suffered from both intrinsic and extrinsic staining or discoloration. Intrinsic stains can be from fluorosis or certain medications. Extrinsic stains from heavy coffee drinking or smoking can also be restored.
•  Alter the Shape: Teeth are often misshapen, or the length doesn’t match the gumline or shape of the smile. We can make simple changes to even teeth out and correct the shape.


Here's How It Works


The dental bonding procedure is done in our office. Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS first prepares by cleaning the tooth surface so the bonding material will adhere. Anesthesia is not needed unless this is being done in combination with other restorative work. The bonding material is composite quartz mixed with resin. Once the material has been applied, the skilled portion of the work begins. Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS will shape it so it has a natural appearance. Once satisfied, we will then apply a blue light to harden the material. Once the composite is set, we can then polish and buff the tooth for a smooth and perfect appearance.

It should be noted that composite material is subject to staining, though we can use it to cover stains new stains can accumulate. Also, ceramic material is not as durable as porcelain veneers or crowns, and chipping can occur, eventually requiring a replacement, but dental bonding is a great option for many patients.

Our patients love dental bonding, for most cases it is a perfectly adequate and more affordable solution than most other restorative repair options. Additionally, dental bonding can take less time to accomplish, with fewer office visits and oftentimes does not even require anesthesia. Depending upon the work being done, insurance may cover it.

How long does the dental bonding composite last?


Your dental restoration should last for several years, but this can vary based on where the restoration is located in your mouth and other habits. The biting force applied and the types of food being bitten can cause damage to your composite repair. On average, most composite bonding restorations last our patients for 4 to 8 years. We can always make repairs as needed.

Please don't procrastinate if you have a dental problem but are worried about the time, cost or pain involved. Perhaps dental bonding can offer you a solution. Give us a call at 336-274-5400 so we can discuss options with you.
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