Bonding

Bonding, also known as bonded restoration, is a painless way to make minor repairs to teeth. In most cases, several teeth can be bonded in one dental visit. Bonding uses tooth-coloured material, called composite resin. Composite resin is put on the tooth, then shaped and hardened with light. The composite resin can be:

  • Matched to your teeth
  • Shaped to look like the missing part of a chipped tooth
  • Used to build up teeth and fill between them
  • Used on a broken tooth to restore it to size
  • Painted over a stained tooth to make it match the colour of your other teeth

Dr. Williamson will place a matrix between the tooth being treated and its neighbouring tooth. A matrix is a thin, clear plastic film that protects other teeth from stray composite resin.

He will then put a mild chemical on the tooth to make it a little rough. This helps the composite resin to bond or stick to the enamel of your tooth. The composite resin that matches the colour of your natural teeth is chosen so that the bonding blends in with your teeth. The composite resin is placed on your tooth in layers. A light is used to harden each layer of the composite resin. After the last layer of composite resin is hardened, your tooth is shaped and polished it to form your tooth. The finished tooth looks natural and smooth. Bonding can be polished if it becomes rough and additional bonding material can be added later on if it wears down over time. 

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