The average cost of dental bonding is between $250-$600 per tooth; however, this cost will be informed by several factors, including where you are located geographically, your dental insurance plan, how many teeth require treatment, and what dental condition is being treated. Another factor that will impact the overall cost is whether the dental bonding procedure is performed as a standalone procedure or as part of other procedures. For example, if you are having a dental crown placed, the cost of bonding the crown will be absorbed into the crown procedure.
Another factor that will impact the total cost is the nature of and severity of your case. Dental bonding is most commonly performed to treat the following dental issues:
- Close spaces between teeth
- Repair cracked or chipped teeth
- Repair decayed teeth
- Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- Change the shape of teeth
- Make teeth appear longer
- Protect part of the tooth’s root that has been exposed due to gum recession
To determine what treatment is necessary, it will be necessary to schedule a consultation, during which your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to determine whether dental bonding is the best treatment option for you or if alternate treatments that are more expensive and extensive, such as veneers or crowns are necessary. The total cost of this initial consultation will vary from clinic to clinic but may be slightly more expensive if any diagnostic exams are taken, such as X-Rays or CT scans.
In most cases, dental bonding can be performed in one appointment, unless the procedure is being performed as part of a larger treatment plan, in which case multiple appointments may be necessary, which in turn will increase the overall cost.
Is Dental Bonding Worth the Cost?
Dental bonding is an affordable and effective method for correcting many dental issues, but it is important to consider the benefits and the drawbacks of dental bonding compared to other options. Compared to porcelain veneers, dental bonding is a much more affordable option; however, with that affordability come certain drawbacks, one of the biggest being durability. Unlike porcelain veneers, which typically last between 10-15 years, dental bonding generally lasts 3-10 years, after which it will need to be replaced. To help ensure the longevity of your dental bonding, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth twice daily, scheduling regular visits to your dentist, and avoiding chewing on hard objects such as ice or the end of your pencil. By following these best practices, you will reduce the cost of having to replace your dental bond with greater frequency and enjoy improved overall oral health.
It is also important to be aware that dental bonding or other dental procedures may be covered in part or total by your insurance plan. Talk to your provider or dentist to see whether you are covered, and if so, to what extent so you have a clear expectation of what your out-of-pocket expenses will be.
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