Chipped tooth repaired with cosmetic bonding at London dentist
Have you cracked or chipped a tooth? Perhaps you have areas of discolouration on your tooth enamel that you would like to cover? Or maybe you have decided that you would like to rejuvenate your smile using porcelain veneers? All of these problems and treatments fall under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry and all of them utilise one of the most versatile tools available to modern dentists: cosmetic bonding.
Cosmetic bonding is made from a composite resin that can be moulded into any shape and made up to closely match the colour of the existing tooth enamel. Because it is so malleable, it is extremely useful for dentists. So much so that there are even dentists who specialise solely in its use.
For problems such as chipped and cracked teeth, a bonding mixture will be made up and applied to the area concerned. The dentists will then sculpt the bonding into the desired shape before setting it hard with the heat of a dental laser. Once set, the bonding is extremely tough and durable. It will then be polished and buffed to closely resemble the appearance of real tooth enamel.
Bonding can be used in a similar way when covering areas of discolouration, although it will be spread more thinly. When it comes to dental cavities, many patients choose to have dental bonding fillings instead of the old-style silver-amalgam fillings. These not only look much more aesthetically pleasing but also are a lot less controversial as they contain no mercury vapour.
Cosmetic bonding from London dentists is also used to hold in place porcelain veneers, dental crowns and inlays. Because it is so tough and hardwearing, it makes bonding the perfect substance to grip and hold in place dental restorations.