Advanced Dentistry’s series of blogs continues this with the specifics of our specialist practices at Windsor Advanced Dentistry and the general practices for most dentistry in the UK. This week we will be discussing tooth fillings and bondings.
So, what are tooth fillings and bondings?
Most people know or have experienced having a tooth filled in at the dentist but what of the bonding process?
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-coloured resin material or dental composite is applied and hardened with a special light that bonds the material to the tooth, in turn restoring the patient’s smile. Bonding involves the incredibly precise use of a mould-able material which is used in many different dental procedures.
When it comes to filing cavities most people prefer to have white fillings in which case they will experience the use of this composite. It is often used for reshaping and replacing broken or chipped teeth. These procedures are often referred to as smile makeovers. This cosmetic dentistry process is not just about aesthetic improvements it is about a fundamental enhancement of your overall oral health and dental stability.
How does the process work?
Dentists use shade guides to select the right composite resin that matches closest to the natural colour of your teeth. The tooth or teeth that need the work will be etched in order to roughen the surface before being coated lightly with conditioning liquid. This liquid helps to adhere with the bonding material.
A tooth-coloured resin is prepared ad moulded and smoothed until it’s the right shape. The material is then hardened by a laser. Once the bonding material has hardened it will be trimmed and polished until matches the rest of your teeth.
This procedure takes roughly half an hour to an hour to complete. You must take measures to prevent staining the resin so drinks and cigarettes should be avoided for the first 48 hours.
To continue the maintenance of a successful bonding you must brush regularly and have regular check-ups with your dentist.
Why go with tooth bondings?
Tooth coloured fillings and bondings are an option that allows for the fillings in your teeth to blend in with the rest of your mouth. They do not stand out. Old amalgam fillings are replaced with tooth coloured fillings that close localised spaces between teeth. Our technique is meticulous and leads to a natural looking smile every time. The procedure is non-invasive and stands the test of time.
There are a range of case studies and patient testimonials for your browsing consideration to look at on the web site that can be viewed individually here. So if you’re considering cosmetic dentistry please contact us to make an appointment and consultation to help you rejuvenate your smile.