Bonding is a word used to describe when Dr. Cave uses tooth-colored composite materials to repair damaged tooth enamel.
Bonding can be for functional reasons but also to improve the look of your smile.
Dental bonding can be used to fill cavities, repair cracked and chipped teeth and even to extend the surface of the tooth in order to close a gap.
When applicable for the situation, dental bonding can make for an inexpensive and minimally-invasive smile makeover. Bonding can usually be performed in one office visit.
Your teeth will be isolated and protected from moisture with a rubber dam.
An anesthetic may be applied if the extent of the treatment calls for it.
A gentle, acidic solution is applied to the surface of the tooth briefly to prepare it, after which it is removed and a bonding agent is applied.
Dr. Cave will then place the composite resin and sculpt it to the desired shape. A curing light will be used to harden the material.
This process will be repeated until the material has been sculpted into its final shape.
Dr. Cave will ensure that the material is firmly bonded, and looks and feels smooth.