How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?
If you visit your dentist regularly, at some point or another you have probably received a dental boding treatment. Not sure what dental bonding is? The dental bonding procedure is when either bonding adhesive or composite material is permanently secured to your teeth. Dental bonding treatment is used for a variety of reasons, from cosmetic fixes to treating cavities. If your dentist has recently recommended you may need a dental bonding treatment, you may be wondering how much the bonding treatment will cost. Below is a more information on dental bonding treatment and some tips on how to cover the cost.
Types of Bonding
There are two types of dental bonding that are commonly used in a variety of dental treatments.
Direct composite bonding is when a neutral tooth-colored composite putty is applied directly to the teeth to fill cavities, fix chips, or minimize space between teeth. Direct composite bonding can be performed in one dental visit and can be an inexpensive treatment approach to fix gaps, cracks, discoloration, and crooked teeth.
Adhesive bonding is when material is attached to the teeth using an etchant. An etchant is an adhesive material. The etchant is securely attached through a curing process, using a high intensity light. Adhesive bonding is more commonly used to attach veneers, bridges, and crowns in the mouth.
The Bonding Process
Dental bonding treatment can be quickly completed in one dental visit. Prior to the bonding, a rubber dam is placed in the mouth to keep the treatment area dry and allow access to the area without interference. Next, a phosphoric solution is applied to prepare the surface of the teeth for the bonding. The teeth are now ready for either the direct composite bonding or the adhesive bonding treatment.
Dental Bonding Costs
Approximating the costs of a dental bonding treatment can be difficult due to the various factors that will impact the cost. This estimation is further complicated by the fact that the dental bonding procedure is usually performed in combination with other treatments. Dental bonding is commonly part of an elective or cosmetic treatment and not based on need. If the bonding treatment is elective, cosmetic dental insurance plans may not fully cover the treatment costs. Some of the other factors that impact the costs of dental bonding treatment include:
* Your dentist’s training and years of experience
* The geographic location where your dentist is located
* Type of bonding treatment used and purpose of treatment
Dental bonding that is needed with composite veneers usually costs between $300 and $700 for each veneer. However, the installation of porcelain veneers using bonding may cost on average between $600 and $1,500 for each veneer. If you are trying to estimate the costs of the bonding treatment you need, the best place to start is to have a discussion with your dentist. After you talk with your dentist you may also want to contact your dental insurance provider to determine if dental bonding is covered by your plan or if you have to pay out of pocket for the treatment.