It depends. Sounds like a lawyer answer to the question. But it does depend on the type of bonding procedure being performed. Is it to improve the contour of a front tooth, to replace an old filling with a more esthetic restoration or to fill a small cavity? Each procedure involves different resources, therefore different fees.
As with all dental fees the service may vary depending on where you live or where your dentist is located or his or her level of training. There is always going to be a range of fees for the same service, depending on the experience of the dentist, materials used, esthetic demands of the procedure and complexity of the treatment.
The average cost of cosmetic dental bonding ranges from $250 to $600 per tooth. Most dental insurance plans cover the cost of the bonding, particularly when it is done for functional reasons. The cheapest, does not necessarily mean it is the best.
The bonding procedure utilizes a composite resin to restore chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps and reshape or recolor your smile. Basically, bonding will cover any natural flaws applying a thin coating of a plastic material on the front surface of your teeth. Depending on where the resin is placed, the restoration could last up to 10 years, but I usually tell people 5 years.
While they may not last as long as desired, the main advantage over silver fillings is the esthetics. Because silver does not stick to teeth, a large portion of healthy tooth structure is usually removed to keep an amalgam filling in place. Whereas composites permit your dentist to remove only the decayed area of the tooth. Also, composite bonding expands just like your teeth and are much less likely to cause cracks in your tooth. The disadvantage is bonding with composites simply costs more in time and material.
If you would like to know more about composite bonding or whether this is the right solution to enhance your smile, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC 290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328