Dental Bonding In Escondido, CA
If you’re uncomfortable with your smile in Escondido, Dr. Douglas Hope is here to help you restore your smile with dental bonding. Bonding is a fast, affordable, and non-invasive way to restore the shape, color, and appearance of one or more teeth. Learn more below, or contact us now to schedule an appointment today.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses dental composite to reshape one or more of your natural teeth. This composite is similar to the material used in a tooth-colored filling, but it’s applied directly to the surface of the tooth, rather than into a cavity.
Dr. Hope will use special dental tools to apply the tooth-colored bonding material to the surface of your tooth, and then sculpt and shape the dental composite to cover up flaws in the tooth. With dental bonding, you can fix a wide variety of cosmetic dental issues including gaps in your smile, misshapen and uneven teeth, minor chips, and stained or yellowed teeth.
The process of bonding takes just 30-60 minutes per tooth, so many patients opt to have multiple teeth treated at once. It is also non-invasive, and requires no drilling or removal of your natural enamel, so bonding is usually done without numbing shots.
What Do I Do If I Chip A Tooth?
If you chip your tooth, the first thing you should do is call the office of Dr. Douglas G. Hope for a consultation. Even a small chip in your tooth can weaken it significantly, negatively affect your appearance, and result in a higher risk of issues like tooth decay.
Once you arrive at our office for your appointment, Dr. Hope will check how deep the chip is. If your tooth has only a minor chip, it may be possible to treat it and restore it with a cosmetic dental treatment like dental bonding or a dental veneer.
However, if you have a deep, large chip in your tooth, Dr. Hope will recommend that you get a dental crown, instead. Crowns are made of porcelain and are shaped just like a natural tooth. They provide superior protection for damaged teeth, so they are typically a better option for treating severely chipped, cracked, and broken teeth.
Is Dental Bonding Permanent?
Dental bonding, just like every other type of cosmetic dentistry procedure, is not completely permanent. Eventually, your bonding will wear down, and the bonding material may break, crack, or fall off of your tooth.
However, while it’s not permanent, dental bonding is very long-lasting. It typically lasts up to 5-7 years, and can last as long as 10 years with proper at-home oral care and routine visits to the office of Dr. Douglas G. Hope.
To prolong the lifespan of your bonded teeth, you should avoid chewing non-food objects like pens and pencils, fingernails, and erasers. It’s also a good idea to chew hard foods like almonds and popcorn kernels with your rear teeth, as this could damage your bonding.
You also should never use your teeth as tools to do things like tear open packages, rip tape, or for any other purpose besides smiling and chewing. Doing so could damage your bonding, as well as your natural teeth.
"Dr. Hope has been my dentist for over 7 years. I wouldn't go anywhere else. I trusted him to do significant veneer work several years ago. My smile changed and I have been very happy with the results."
“Dr. Hope and his team are a great mix. They work well together and are very aware on making sure you have as little pain as possible. My family has been going for years and wouldn't go anywhere else.”
“I've been a patient at Dr. Hope's office for almost 15 years and have referred several of my friends. The hygienists have always been super friendly and gentle. In addition to typical dental work and my regular cleanings, I did Invisalign and was very happy with the whole process. ”
“Dr. Hope and his staff are the best. I have been a patient there since he took over the practice from Dr. Chatton. I'm not sure how long but I've been seeing Dr. Hope for at least 10 years or more. He is a great dentist who is very knowledgeable and has the most up to date equipment.”
“Dr. Hope & his staff are always so welcoming and professional. They make you feel like family and they make it a point to get to know you personally. The reason I decided to give Dr. Hope my business was because I found out that he gave back to our community.”
“Dr. Hope and his wonderful Staff are just the BEST!!! Dr. Hope and his awesome assistant, George, are very attentive, compassionate, accommodating, caring, funny, but first and foremost HONEST!!!”
“Dr. Hope and his team are wonderful! He is an amazing dentist! Everyone is so nice! I am always welcomed with big smiling faces! I will refer everyone I know to his office!”
“I have been going to Dr. Hope for quite some time now, and always feel so at ease. Dr. Hope is funny and just makes you feel relaxed while there! This is a very friendly office and as long as I'm living anywhere near San Diego I will be going to this dental practice, hopefully Dr. Hope won't be retiring any time soon (he's too young)!!!”
“We always feel like family when in Dr. Hopes office. Each staff member treats us with professionalism and with the best personalized care. They have helped my sensitivity problem to be non existent with the treatments they provide.”