So you have a cavity, or maybe you chipped your tooth. That does not mean it’s the end of the world for your pearly white. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry has come up with ways to salvage even the most decayed teeth. One of the ways to do that is through cosmetic bonding.
What is cosmetic bonding?
When it comes to the world of dentistry, the term “bonding” has to do with anything that is permanently attached to your teeth with the help of high intensity curing light. You may have already undergone a cosmetic bonding procedure already without even realizing it. Examples of dental bonding include the attachment of crowns, veneers and just about any restorative material which is adhered to your teeth.
However, there are different types of cosmetic bonding. The types include:
Direct Cosmetic Bonding
This type of cosmetic bonding is known as direct because it uses composite filling which is directly attached to the surface of the tooth and molded to restore or improve the appearance of the tooth in question. This is different from other methods wherein a restoration has already been fabricated and is only attached to the tooth without any need for molding or contouring.
Direct cosmetic bonding is used to treat dental problems like chips and cracks, cavities and worn-down enamel edges. The best thing about direct bonding is that you do not have to go in for a second visit. There is no waiting period since there is no need to fabricate restorations. At the same time, unlike using dental amalgams to fill in cavities, the use of composite material lends well to the natural color of your teeth so that the work is not that conspicuous.
This type of procedure refers to attaching a restoration to the surface of a tooth. The restoration has been pre-fabricated so there is no contouring or molding needed. This type of procedure is used to attach crowns, veneers, bridges, and inlays and onlays with the help of an adhesive and curing light.
Unlike direct cosmetic bonding, adhesive bonding will require you to visit your dentist at least twice. The first visit will be for creating impressions of your teeth so that the laboratory technical can make the necessary restorations which will fit seamlessly with the damaged tooth. The second visit is when the actual attaching of the restoration to your tooth will take place.
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