Dental Bonding

Looking for a fast and efficient tooth repair or restoration in the San Diego area? Dealing with a chipped tooth and need an immediate correction result? Dental bonding and composite fillings are very common and simple dental procedures that involve adding a tooth-like colored resin that mimics your natural tooth enamel. Depending on your dental issues dental bonding and composite fillings can normally fix simple chipped front teeth and simple cavities. Dental bonding is one of the most popular and common cosmetic dentistry procedure performed by cosmetic dentists around the country and also in San Diego. The primary reason that a patient visits a cosmetic dentist and ends up with dental bonding is because of the patient’s desire to improve their facial appearance and smile. Dental bonding procedures have minimal or no invasiveness, making them a popular option. Dr. Kristallis is a board-certified specialist with almost 30 years of experience. He is an expert prosthodontist and a perfect candidate to take care of your chipped tooth by using dental bonding or composite fillings. If done right by the right dentist, the result can be very natural and quick. If the color is matched correctly, no one can tell your tooth has been restored.

Dental Bonding Placement 90210 style

When you visit Dr. Kristallis in order to take care of your chipped tooth, he will carefully examine your oral health and will give you the best recommendations. In some cases, you also have an option to get treated with porcelain veneers as an alternative. Porcelain veneers cost more and will take more than one office visit, but the end result may be more satisfying to some patients. Dental bonding can be done in less than one hour and if they are done right by an experienced cosmetic dentist, the result should be very aesthetically pleasing and natural. Dental bonding can also be more cost effective if you are on a budget.

What are the most common reasons why a patient will seek composite fillings?
Composite fillings are often recommended for those patients who have:

  • Decayed teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Gaps between their teeth
  • Worn down teeth

Dental Bonding 101

A composite filling is used after the affected or decayed portion of the tooth is removed. That composite filling then goes into the opening available. Many different types of filling materials are available and the prosthodontist at our San Diego office may recommend one for your individual situation. Having a discussion with your dentist is the best way to determine the most appropriate option for restoring your teeth.

Composite fillings are some of the most widely used today and are likely to be recommended because they are the same color as your tooth, making it much easier to match your existing teeth and a more aesthetically suited for use in visible areas of the mouth such as your front teeth. Composite fillings and dental bondings are not permanent and may someday require replacement. While they are likely to last many years and remain durable during this time to provide you with a long-lasting smile. If you are a heavy coffee drinker, you may notice a color change as time passes by. If this is something that will make you concerned, you can always ask one of our board-certified specialists about your other options and including inlays and porcelain veneers. Some patients report sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures after the composite fillings are first placed, but this usually subsides after a short period of time.

These composite fillings, however, hold up well in small cavities. When you schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists, you will have a better understanding of whether or not composite fillings are recommended for you and how to care for them most appropriately. Financing is an option for dental bonding and composite fillings as well as every other cosmetic procedure. Feel free to contact our San Diego office and talk to one of our friendly staff about all of our financing options.

Cost of Dental Bonding

The cost of dental bonding compared to some of the other dental procedures and treatments is fairly affordable. At San Diego Dental Health Center dental financing is always available for people who are looking for dental financing. Dr. Kristallis and his friendly staff will always be there for you and will put you in touch with one of the third-party companies that provide dental financing. CareCredit is one the dental financing companies that will cover dental bonding and composite fillings. You have to apply like a credit card and depending on your credit history and your FICO score you will be approved for a certain credit limit that can be applied for a portion or all of your cosmetic dentistry treatments. Like credit cards, you will be billed every month and you have to make monthly payments to the dental financing company.

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