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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, fractures, or gaps. Bonding can also improve discoloration by providing teeth whitening.
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.
To keep bonded teeth healthy after treatment, it is essential to follow proper oral health practices. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily.
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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.
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.
Whether or not your insurance provider will cover the fees of dental bonding depends on several factors. Bonding that is considered a cosmetic dental treatment, like having a gap filled, may not be covered.
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.
Depending on the location, the extent of the treatment, and the dentist’s expertise, dental bonding procedures cost around $300 to $600 per tooth without insurance.
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. This means 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 a cosmetic procedure. 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 type of 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.
There are several other ways to pay for dental bonding treatment:
Dental discount plans are sometimes called dental savings plans. They are an affordable and flexible alternative to dental insurance and 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.
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 then make monthly repayments.
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.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers three federally-funded programs that may assist with dental bonding process costs. These are 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 their own 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 the age of 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 children who are eligible. Dental services offered under this program differ from state to state.
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, and medically fragile patients who require dental treatment.
The program operates using a volunteer network of 15,000 dentists and 3,500 dental laboratories across the United States.
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