Cosmetic bonding is a dental process that has been used for a long time to rejuvenate the appearance of a smile. The versatile resin can transform a patient’s teeth in only one visit and because of its affordability it is a very popular procedure. The process itself involves the skilful mixing of resin to closely match the colour of the existing teeth and then moulding it to the desired shape before setting it hard with the intense heat of a laser.
Cosmetic bonding has a wide variety of uses in dentistry. It is most commonly used to fill dental cavities, especially to replace old sliver amalgam fillings that many believe to release dangerous mercury vapours. It is also widely used to repair broken or damaged teeth and also for cosmetic purposes on discoloured or worn teeth. These are just some of the many uses of cosmetic bonding (also known as dental bonding or resin bonding).
Cosmetic bonding is not ideally used to fill large cavities because it loses some of its strength over large areas. In these instances many dentists are turning to computer aided technology to manufacture porcelain inlays for large cavities. These can then be cemented and covered with dental bonding for extra support.
Most dental bonding procedures, unless dealing with an exposed cavity, can be carried out without the use of anaesthetic. The application usually involves etching the surface of the tooth to allow for added grip then spreading several thin layers of dental bonding over the area. This is set using the laser heat source before the bonding is polished and buffed to closely resemble the smooth appearance of tooth enamel.
Nearly all dentists are skilled in the application of dental bonding because of its many uses, however, for cosmetic purposes some dentists are more highly skilled in finishing than others. A Bath dentist will be able to advise you further on the details of dental bonding. call 0117 973 1910 to make an appointment with Dr Gerrard for a consultation.