The dental bonding is added to the tooth to help restore small chips, fractures and cracks, as well as improving the cosmetic appearance of discoloured, shortened or misshapen teeth.
However, they do come with some minor disadvantages such as being easier to stain or break. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your individual requirements and will suggest alternative treatments, if appropriate.
What Happens During An Appointment?
- Dental bonding treatment begins with an initial examination of your teeth where any potential problems will be identified and discussed with you before work is started.
- Your dentist will then prepare the dental bonding composite by colour matching it with the surrounding teeth.
- Once the composite is matched, your dentist will apply the putty-like composite to the tooth, ensuring a good and secure fit before moulding and sculpting it to the correct size and shape to match the surrounding teeth.
- When the composite is matched, a bright light is used to harden the composite which is then polished and inspected.
- Finally, your dentist will then give you advice on how to keep the treated tooth clean, clear from stains, and may ask for future appointments to ensure a permanent fix.
The entire dental bonding treatment is completed in one appointment and can take up to an hour depending on the amount of work required.
The entire procedure is quick, easy, effective and painless.
In some rare cases where dental bonding is required to help repair a broken tooth, anaesthetic may be used to prevent sensitivity and this will be discussed prior to any work being undertaken.
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