|At Thurston Oaks Dental, our main goal has always been to protect the health of our patients, our team and our community. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we're closing the office for all elective dental treatment until further notice from the Washington State Dental Association. We will contact you as soon as the office reopens.
If you are having a dental emergency (experiencing pain or possible infection), please contact Dr.Alan Snodgrass directly at 360-901-2406.
We wish you all good health & we will get through this all together!
Thurston Oaks Dental
Composite Dental Bonding
Bonding is when we apply a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, shape it, allow it to harden, and polish it. It can be used when a tooth has been damaged or become stained. These are minor repairs that can be resolved through relatively inexpensive means rather than through a more costly dental procedure. Watch our video to learn how Dr. Snodgrass can help your smile!
Here's how it works:
Dr. Snodgrass prepares the tooth surface so that the bonding material will adhere. He then shapes it so that it has a natural appearance. He allows the material to harden, usually with the help of a light. Then, we polish and buff so that the surface is smooth.
This is not a process that we recommend for smoking caused staining. Also, the material is not as durable as porcelain veneers and crowns so it chips more easily. Eventually, it may require replacing.
Bonding is perfectly adequate and a more affordable solution to certain dental problems. Dental bonding can take less time to accomplish and may not even require anesthesia. And depending upon the issue, insurance may cover it.
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Don't wait if you have a dental problem but are worried about the cost, time, or pain involved. Perhaps dental bonding can offer you a solution. Give us a call so we can discuss options with you.