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Dental bonding treatment for gaps improves patients’ smiles in Philadelphia, PA

Dr. David Spilkia offers cosmetic dentistry including dental bonding treatment to improve the health and beauty of patients’ smiles.

Many patients are embarrassed by or hide smile imperfections such as gaps or broken teeth. Gapped, chipped, or discolored teeth are common cosmetic issues that can be easily corrected. Once the problems are addressed, a winning smile boosts an individual’s self-confidence. In Philadelphia, PA, Dr. David Spilkia offers cosmetic dentistry including dental bonding treatment to improve the health and beauty of patients’ smiles.

A gap between two teeth is called a diastema. Patients can have gaps anywhere in their mouths, but they are most commonly found between the two front teeth. Gaps can cause embarrassment. Dental bonding for gaps is an effective treatment to camouflage and close the unwanted space. The results appear natural and are long-lasting.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is named for the way material bonds and adheres to a tooth to correct small cosmetic issues. It is a cosmetic treatment to correct imperfections such as large spaces or gaps. Teeth that are discolored, chipped, or broken can also be corrected. A tooth-colored bonding material improves the targeted imperfections. The material is selected to match the teeth giving a natural appearance. Then, it is applied to the tooth or teeth and sculpted into the proper shape before being hardened and polished.

Bonding may be used for the following cases:

  • Closing large spaces between teeth
  • Restoring chipped, broken, or decayed teeth
  • Changing the color or shape of the teeth
  • Protecting the tooth root if the gums recede excessively
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What to expect

Dental bonding is a safe, simple cosmetic procedure that requires little advance preparation. The natural tooth is preserved. A shading guide helps the dentist select a material that matches the tooth. The damaged or gapped tooth is etched and roughened. A conditioning liquid is applied so the material can bond to the tooth.

After the teeth have been prepped and etched, a putty-like material is applied. The tooth-colored material is applied, trimmed, and sculpted as necessary to form the desired shape. A special ultraviolet light hardens the material. Once hardened, the tooth is buffed and polished to match the adjacent teeth. The end result is a smooth, natural-looking tooth and a more complete smile. The process takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.

Dental bonding does take artistic skill for optimal results. Choose an experienced dentist to achieve optimal results. Although dental bonding may not work for every situation, it can be a simple way to improve your smile and help you maintain good dental health.

Benefits of dental bonding

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Dental bonding is good for small cosmetic dental needs such as closing gaps between teeth. It is often an economical option for patients. For some patients, it may be an alternative to veneers. Bonding may be used to restore teeth or to correct imperfections in the smile.

Gaps between teeth are small dental imperfections. To close these spaces, bonding is effective and efficient. Advantages of this procedure include the following:

  • Cost-effective correction – When compared to other cosmetic dental procedures, bonding is often less expensive
  • Long-lasting – The bonding material is durable and can withstand the normal pressure of a tooth
  • Versatile – Bonding treatments can be done to close gaps or to restore chipped or broken teeth. The end result is sturdy and appears natural
  • Quick – Dental bonding for gaps usually only requires one appointment. The bonding process is started and completed in a single dental appointment
  • Simple – Anesthesia is usually not needed for dental bonding. The entire procedure requires little tooth preparation and only takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth
  • Safe – Compared to dental crowns or veneers, less of the natural tooth enamel has to be shaped and prepared for bonding meaning you retain more of the integrity of the tooth.

With good dental habits, dental bonding results can be long-lasting. Just remember that the bonding material is porous meaning it can be stained. Regular consumption of dark or red colored liquids such as coffee, tea, and red wine or the use of tobacco products increase the chances of discoloration. Speak with your dentist about ways to keep your smile healthy and bright.

Let us help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. To learn more about our cosmetic dental services such as dental bonding for gaps, contact the team at David Spilkia Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Call (267) 463-2777.


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    David Spilkia Family and Cosmetic Dentistry There are many things that set Dr. David Spilkia's practice apart from the rest from the rest. At David Spilkia, DMD, Dr. David Spilkia builds personal relationships with his patients, the staff is all warm and inviting, and the office and equipment is bright, shiny and new. They offer Saturday alternately too, and he is very accommodating in general. All in all, a very customer care focused practice, which is lacking pretty much everywhere else. Everyone at David Spilkia, DMD, here in Philadelphia, PA is so nice!

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    I'm 42 years old, and have always been afraid of the dentist, until I came here they made me feel welcome and everybody was so understanding and helpful. they did an amazing job with my teeth and Im so happy now. thank you Dr. David Spilkia and staff for taking the time with me and for been so nice to me.

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    I have had such a beautiful experience with Dr. Spilikia staff. They are compassionate and very sensitive to me and my fears. Dr. Spilkia is such a wonderful Dentist. I've been with Dr. Spilkia for a little more than 3 years, and it is always a pleasant visit. Dr. Spilkia and his staff are the best. If you have any phobias of going to the dentist, you have to choose Dr. David Spolkia and his staff, they are so wonderful.

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    It's my first time giving a star rating to a dentist but I did like this one. I've been searching for a dentist and found the cleaning to be painful and some locations as they tend to just rip your gums apart. I'd recommend this office because the ladies here treat you like a family member and the place is immaculate (however one spells immaculalte - english isn't my major). anyway, I travel 4-hours from Maryland to Philadelphia just to see this dentist because he's just that good. I'm not kidding. If there were ten stars, then he'd get all ten...anyway before I ramble on and on, I've got to drive back to Maryland so just drop by and the ladies here will help. p.s. they are not hard on the eyes either.

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    I have never reviewed a medical professional before, but Dr. David Spilkia is the best cosmetic dentist here in Philadelphia, PA ;( and I've had at least 10 dentists in my lifetime). I've been with him for about 1.5 years now so I feel comfortable recommending him.

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    Thank you Dr. Spilkia for your caring professional services.In my last visit I spent almost 3 hours as you preformed a root canal and made my new crown. I would never have believed a person could actually nap through a root canal!

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    Experienced dentist, efficient staff, and comfortable decor. Have been a client of Dr. Spilkia for some years now. Their location is top-notch and Dr. Spilkia will always come to give his professional opinion.

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    Staff is very nice, dentist is great. Facility is very clean and state of the art. Such a positive experience. I am very happy and highly recommend this office.

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    The best experience I have ever had at a dentist! No pain! Knowledgeable staff! Very gentle! Dr. Spilkia is the best cosmetic dentist in Philadelphia,PA!!

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    Once they say Cosmetic Dentist, this is actually the practice you need to visit. Dr. Spilkia is wonderful and the employees are very professional, useful, and walk out their method to make certain that you simply feel at ease! I'd certainly recommend this practice to anybody!

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    I went to Dr. David Spilkia for invisalign and it has been a great experience. He works very precisely, thoughtfully and his office is spotless. Highly professional, only uses clean new equipment, careful and thoughtful.... basically everything you'd wish your dentist to be! If you're looking for a cosmetic dentist in Philadelphia, PA - look no further!

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  • Rating: 5 Five Star Reviews by M. Mccormick

    Dr. David Spilkia here in Philadelphia, PA has an amazing eye for detail. His work is tasteful, subtle, thorough, and customized. I wanted a perfect smile but I didn't want it to look fake or obvious. I'm so, so happy with everything, and I got that natural, straight smile I was hoping for. I like that his approach is smart, modern, personalized, and efficient. He knows exactly what he's doing and he's up on everything. He takes his time with me and gives me my best options. He's also just a super nice person. Can't recommend him highly enough - he's truly an awesome cosmetic dentist!! PS the view from his office is outstanding!!

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  • Rating: 5 Five Star Reviews by Brent P.

    Dr. David Spilkia and his staff always have the patient's interest in mind, which is a special quality in this city of Philadelphia. David Spilkia, DMD, is excellent at what they do and the passion is quite evident. I've been impressed with his knowledge of dentistry, his staying on the cutting edge of technology within the profession, and his attention to detail when it comes to giving the patients high-quality service. This dentist and his team are dedicated and obviously love their work and the people that seek out their expertise. Terrific office!

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    I may be a little biased since Dr Spilkia is a close friend of mine; however he is the best dentist here in Philadelphia, PA I've ever had. I grew up with a phobia of dentists, but when he became a dentist many years ago, my fears quickly subsided thanks to his chair side manner. He has you feeling comfortable from the minute you step in. He is the only dentist I know of who actually phones you the day following major dental work to see how you're doing. Aside from being a great dentist, he really cares.

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    My entire family loves going to the dentist. Especially in a big city like Philadelphia, it can be stressful and confusing. Dr. Spilkia and his team are the best and SO gentle!

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