Dental bonding is a procedure that makes use of a dental composite, a durable tooth coloured resin material, for restorative dental procedures as well as cosmetic dental enhancements.  It is a simple straightforward procedure that involves the application of the dental composite onto the teeth, and the use of a special light to harden and thereby bond the material to the tooth.  

When will the Leeds dentist consider dental bonding for you?
Dental bonding is considered as a treatment option to

  • Make cosmetic enhancements for
  • chipped or cracked teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • spaces between teeth
  • short teeth
  • unaesthetically shaped teeth
  • Make tooth restorations by
  • protecting a portion of the exposed root of the tooth that gets exposed as the gums recede
  • providing composite fillings to repair decayed teeth, where the composite is used to fill in cavities

Is anaesthesia required for the dental bonding procedure?
If a cosmetic dental procedure is to be carried out, generally no anaesthesia is required as tooth reduction required is quite less.  In the case of dental restoration procedures such as fillings for a decayed tooth, extensive shaping of a tooth is required and hence will require the application of a local anaesthetic.

How will the Leeds dentist perform your dental bonding procedure?

  • Depending upon the type of dental bonding and amount of tooth reduction required, your Leeds dentist may decide on whether to numb the tooth requiring dental bonding
  • The surface of the tooth is cleaned to remove plaque, tartar and other surface accumulation by polishing them off.  This is done to facilitate the adherence of the composite to the tooth surface.
  • The Leeds dentist will choose an apt shade of dental bonding that will be in close match with the other teeth
  • The tooth to be treated is isolated and kept dry by means of rolls of cotton placed next to it or by stretching a sheet of latex around the tooth.
  • The tooth is shaped to recive the dental bonding.
    • For cosmetic enhancements, only minimum shaping is required in the form of minor shape or contour enhancements
    • In case of composite fillings used to repair decayed tooth, extensive drilling may be required
      • The Leeds dentist then applies a thin layer of the bonding material onto the teeth using a special applicator, coating it evenly on the surface of the tooth
      • A special curing light is then shone up on the material for 10 to 20 seconds to activate the catalyst in the bonding material which in turn hardens and bonds the material onto the teeth
      • The bonidng is then sculpted, by trimming away excess dental composite and finishing it to give the proper shape, look as well as contact with the neighbouring teeth.
      • The Leeds denist will check your bite, adjusting the thickness of the bonding as required.
      • After adjusting the bonding as required and acocording to your bite, the Leeds dentist gives the bonding a final polish.
      • The Leeds dentist will take about 20-60 minutes to complete each tooth in a simialr manner

Life after dental bonding
Immediate precautions following dental bonding

  • If your tooth has been numbed, be careful about your jaw movements and activities until the effects of the anesthetic wear off.
  • In general, with tooth bonding, once the procedure is complete your tooth is ready for use

Dental hygiene
No special care is required but continue to follow good oral hygiene by 

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day
  • Flossing at least once a day

Visiting the dentist

  • For regular professional check-ups and cleanings
  • If you notice any sharp edges on a bonded tooth
  • If your tooth feels odd when you bite down

Protecting the bonding material
Since bonding material can chip, avoid

  • biting fingernails
  • chewing on pens, ice or other hard food objects
  • using your bonded teeth as an opener

Life of dental bonding A dental bonding can last anywhere from 3- 8 years before requiring replacement and restoration Repairing tooth bonding Unlike other types of dental restoration, the Leeds dentist will be able to repair defects in the bonding without having to replace the entire restoration   Advantages of Dental Bonding

  • Easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures
  • Can be done in a single visit, unless several teeth are involved, unlike customized tooth coverings such as veneers and crowns that need to be manufactured in a laboratory
  • Least amount of tooth enamel removed, unlike veneers and crowns
  • No requirement for anaesthesia, unless the procedure involves filling a cavity

Disadvantages of Dental Bonding

  • Does not resist stains as well as crowns
  • Do not last as long as other restorative procedures such as crowns, veneers, or fillings
  • Are not as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings
  • Can chip and break off the tooth