Dental Bonding at Gentle Dental

Dental bonding is a procedure where a dentist applies a tooth-colored composite resin to one or more teeth in order to repair cracked or chipped teeth. Dental bonding is a quick and cost-effective solution for teeth that have been cracked or chipped due to trauma, or discolored due to decay. Dental bonding is not always the correct solution for whatever oral health problem you’re dealing with, so it’s important to speak to your dentist about the best option for your situation! If you have any questions about dental bonding or any other procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Is Dental Bonding Right For Me?

Dental bonding is a quick and easy solution for many cosmetic problems with your teeth. Dental bonding is right for some patients but not for others, so it’s important to speak to your dentist about what kind of procedure is right for you. Below is a list of some of the issues that dental bonding is often used to resolve:

  • Repair chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Whiten discolored teeth
  • Repair teeth with decay from cavities
  • Protect a tooth’s root that’s being exposed by receding gums
  • Alter the shape and length of a tooth
  • Narrow spaces between teeth
  • Serve as an alternative to amalgam fillings

The Dental Bonding Process

Once you and your dentist have decided that dental bonding is the right solution for you, we’ll begin by matching a dental grade composite resin material to the color of your teeth. Next, the tooth that is being bonded will be textured and prepared, followed by the application of the composite resin material. Your dentist will then shape the composite resin in order to achieve the desired effect. The entire procedure generally only takes about 30 to 60 minutes, which is much faster than many other cosmetic dentistry procedures!


Oral Cancer Screening

Our dental team is the first line in defensive to address oral cancer. Oral cancer screening is a necessary and preventative step that is critical to one’s overall health.


While brushing and flossing are the two most important factors to prevent cavities, we offer dental sealants which protects your teeth from the harmful bacteria that cause cavities. Sealants act as a raincoat, in which they coat your teeth acting as a shield from harmful bacteria. Sealant is a completely painless procedure that only takes a few minutes.

Is Dental Bonding Painful?

The dental bonding procedure is minimally invasive, so it usually does not require the use of any anesthesia. In some cases, the tooth that will be bonded requires some shaping before the composite resin material is applied, in which case a local anesthetic may be used just to make sure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible for you. Dental bonding usually only requires one visit, unlike other procedures like dental veneers and crowns.

Contact Gentle Dental of Southern Maine!

If you have any questions about the dental bonding process or any other dental procedure we perform, don’t hesitate to contact us! With offices in South Portland, Topsham, and Biddeford, we’re here to serve the southern Maine region with the very best in family dentistry. Give us a call today at any of our offices, or if you’re a new patient, fill out the new patient form on our website!

Real Clients, Real Stories

This dental office is amazing. I had an emergency visit required and same day they were able to get me into the office. They were also able to schedule my full exam for the week after. Everyone here is polite, courteous and informative. Making sure no question goes unanswered.

Taylor S.