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Updated on December 16, 2022
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Dental Bonding Cost

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What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is also known as tooth bonding or composite bonding.

The procedure provides a solution for minor damage or gaps between teeth. It is usually used to fix dental issues, such as:

  • Tooth chips
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth fractures
  • Discoloration

During treatment, a composite resin bonding material is attached to your tooth and molded to its desired shape. This process restores the tooth’s original appearance. The color of the composite resin matches your natural teeth, so it blends in.

How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost Per Tooth?

The price of dental bonding varies depending on your location, the extent of the treatment, and the dentist’s expertise. Typically, you can expect to pay around $300 to $600 per tooth.

jaw with dental polymerization lamp and dental fiber

You will have to replace the bonding every five to ten years. Bondings are prone to chipping or staining if you bite into hard foods or consume high-staining foods and beverages. 

Does Insurance Cover Dental Bonding Costs?

Insurance may not cover bonding that's considered a cosmetic dental treatment, like having a gap filled.

If the bonding procedure is required for the dental health of your teeth, insurance may cover some of the treatment. For example, if you want the treatment because you have a broken or chipped tooth, your insurance company may cover some of the cost of dental bonding.

Dental bonding is necessary to prevent you from having cracked teeth, which may require more complex dental work.

Check with your insurance company to see if they cover cosmetic dental procedures before making an appointment. Some providers view dental bonding as a cosmetic dental treatment and will not cover any of the cost.

teeth with dental polymerization lamp and light cured onlay

Dental Bonding vs. Veneers Cost: Which is Right for You?

Veneers are an alternative treatment for dental bonding. However, cosmetic procedures and price points are significantly different.

Dental bonding is typically less expensive than porcelain veneers, but bonding is not stain-resistant. You may require additional dental procedures to keep your bonded teeth white. You will also need to replace the bonding more often than you would need to replace a veneer.

To keep your bonded teeth white, avoid staining foods and drinks like red wine and sugary drinks.

Porcelain veneers are not usually covered by insurance as they are considered cosmetic. Traditional porcelain veneers cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth and can last between 10 to 15 years.

Veneers are a good option for people who want a permanent, more cosmetic treatment since they are stain-resistant and can correct any size or shape discrepancies. 

No-prep veneers cost between $800 and $2,000 per tooth and last about five to seven years. Traditional porcelain veneers are typically the most cost-effective option.

Other Ways to Pay for Dental Bonding

There are several other ways to pay for dental bonding treatment:

Dental Discount Plan

Dental discount plans or dental savings plans are an affordable and flexible alternative to dental insurance. They can help reduce the cost of the dental bonding process.

Members receive discounts on dental care and can save between ten to sixty percent on treatment. Once you join a dental discount plan, you can visit a network of cosmetic dentists who provide discounted prices to plan members. You pay the discounted fee directly to the dentist after receiving treatment at a dental office.

Payment Plans

Another option is to organize a dental payment plan with a third-party healthcare finance company. Many cosmetic dentists use a specific company, but you may be able to arrange the plan yourself. 

A dental payment plan is different from a dental discount plan. Payment plans are not dental insurance but a way to distribute the cost of your procedures to make them more affordable. Patients borrow the money for treatment and then make monthly repayments.

Dental Schools 

Dental schools can provide high-quality and affordable treatment from medical students gaining experience. Treatment typically takes place in a teaching clinic or laboratory. Experienced and licensed dentists closely oversee the students at work.

Government Programs 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers three federally-funded programs that may assist with dental bonding process costs. These include Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Medicare is a health insurance program for people aged 65 years and older or people with disabilities. However, Medicare dental coverage is limited. 

Medicaid is a state-run program offering medical benefits to patients, including dental care, in some cases. States set rules and regulations regarding who qualifies and what dental services are available. 

Most states offer limited emergency dental services for people aged 21 or over. However, some offer comprehensive dental services. For most people under 21, dental services are offered under Medicaid.

CHIP assists children up to 19 who do not have health insurance. CHIP offers medical coverage and dental services to eligible children. Dental services offered under this program differ from state to state.

Donated Dental Services (DDS)

The Donated Dental Services (DDS) program offers free and high-quality dental treatment to vulnerable people. These groups typically include:

  • People with disabilities
  • The elderly
  • Medically fragile patients who require dental treatment

The program uses a volunteer network of 15,000 dentists and 3,500 dental laboratories across the United States.


Dental bonding is a procedure that corrects various dental issues. The average cost of dental bonding is around $300 to $600 per tooth. Insurance can help cover these costs, but other payment methods are also available.

Last updated on December 16, 2022
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Last updated on December 16, 2022
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