Restore damaged teeth with cosmetic bonding at our London dental clinic.
Cosmetic Bonding: An Ideal Solution for People With Damaged Teeth
As we get older, it’s possible that teeth become damaged due to daily use. For example, small pieces of a tooth can chip when knocked, such as by a glass or cup. Chipped teeth may be unsightly, but the size of the chip can start to affect the overall health of your tooth as well. In some cases, a chipped or damaged tooth can lead to jaw joint problems or even headaches.
A more severe form of a chipped tooth is the complete removal of the crown of the tooth which leaves only the root. When this happens, a more complex treatment known as root canal treatment will be required.
However, in most cases, a chipped or damaged tooth is simply a small piece of the tooth that has broken off or chipped away. If this happens to you, cosmetic bonding may be the perfect treatment.
What is Cosmetic Tooth Bonding?
Cosmetic tooth bonding is a simple one-visit treatment to improve several dental issues with specialised material that matches your teeth. We often use this treatment for correcting discoloured teeth or repairing small chips in a smile.
Cosmetic bonding is a versatile technique. It can change the shape of teeth or close large gaps between teeth. As the name suggests, it is a cosmetic treatment. More serious dental issues that affect the health or function of a tooth require other types of treatment.
Before starting treatment, your dentist takes the colour of your existing teeth. We use a cosmetic shading chart or guide to match the cosmetic bonding material colour to your natural teeth. There are around 26 different tooth shades that we can choose from for the most precise match.
We start the cosmetic bonding treatment by gently cleaning and slightly roughening the tooth surface. The roughening technique is a process known as tooth etching. Tooth etching provides an adequate surface where the cosmetic bonding material adheres.
Next, we take a small piece of bonding material and apply it to your tooth. The cosmetic bonding material cures in place with light from a high-intensity lamp. We then apply another layer of bonding material. We repeat the curing and bonding application process until we rebuild your tooth to its original shape.
Cosmetic Bonding Procedure
Why Is Cosmetic Bonding So Good?
Many patients love this technique as it is a quick and simple solution to minor problems. This results in a more cost-effective solution for chipped teeth, which pleases patients. Cosmetic bonding is also a dental treatment where the natural tooth structure is not removed (as is normally required for other types of dental veneers).
Often, cosmetic bonding can be undertaken with no injection at all, making the whole process simple, comfortable and affordable.
Ask Us About Cosmetic Bonding
SmileMore Dental Care is located in St John’s Wood High Street in Central London, and we’re easily accessible for local patients. Call or visit our dental practice and find out more about cosmetic bonding treatment.