Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center offers bonding procedures to improve the smiles of our patients.  Bonding is a procedure used to address dental issues, including decay, chips, cracks and discoloration. Bonding is also used to lengthen teeth that are too short, fill gaps between teeth, and change the shape of the teeth if necessary. Bonding material is matched to the natural teeth.

Composite Bonding
When some people consider making cosmetic dental improvements to their teeth, they assume this will be an expensive, painful, and drawn-out process requiring lots of visits to the dentist. However, thanks to advancements in dental techniques and materials, I can give you a new “smile in a day” using composite bonding to help improve the color, shape, spacing and overall appearance of your teeth.

Hello, I’m Dr. Mike Gallagher, DDS and I have been practicing Cosmetic Dentistry since 1987. As a Cosmetic Dentist for over 37 years, my holistic approach to cosmetic treatments focuses on not only enhancing the beauty of your smile but also maintaining the optimal functionality and health of your teeth. I have received extensive training from top-tier institutions like the Dawson Center, The Schuster Center Business School for Dentists, The Stewart Center for Minimally Invasive Dental Medicine, and the OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry.

With an emphasis on minimally invasive, science-based techniques and patient-focused care, I provide a range of cosmetic dental services designed to promote your dental health while achieving remarkable aesthetic results. I am also a Certified Provider of Invisalign and a Certified Provider of the CEREC Crown Restoration System, both of which can provide the most amazing smile makeover transformations. Every smile tells a story. Let’s start writing yours!
I had the privilege of giving the above patient her new smile, and yes, we did all this in just 1 day. Composite bonding provides the ideal solution for those wanting fast, effective and instant results without the need for multiple appointments or painful, costly treatments.

Enhance Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry
Discover the difference that Cosmetic Dentistry can make in your health and life! Call my office at 952-942-9600 today to schedule your consultation. Whether you’re interested in Composite Bonding, Cosmetic Contouring, Porcelain Veneers, Composite Dental Veneers, CEREC Same Day Crowns, Invisalign, or Teeth Whitening, or another cosmetic treatment, I will be more than happy to discuss your concerns. Together, we can create a plan to help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you desire!

Dr. Mike Gallagher, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions About Bonding

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding also known as composite or dental bonding lets us shape teeth to improve the look of the smile with very little tooth removal. Cosmetic bonding can close gaps between teeth, improve the color, and return the shape of your teeth to more youthful contours.

How is a tooth bonded?

Your dentist will use a shade guide to select a composite resin — a durable plastic material — that matches the color of your tooth. The surface of the tooth is prepared to help the bonding substance adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored material is applied, shaped and smoothed and hardened with a special light, which “bonds” the material to the surface of the tooth. Finally, your dentist will trim, shape, and polish the bonded material to achieve a seamless transition with the natural tooth.

When can normal activities resume after the bonding procedure?

Patients who undergo the procedure for bonding are able to resume normal activities immediately after.  If local anesthesia is required, the mouth will be numb.  Patients should use caution when eating and drinking until the numbness resolves.

The bonding material can chip if not cared for properly. Patients should avoid activities such as biting fingernails, chewing on hard objects and opening objects with the teeth.

Is there any pain associated with the bonding procedure?

Patients who undergo the bonding procedure due to tooth decay may experience mild discomfort after the procedure.  Over-the-counter pain medications may help the patient remain comfortable.

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