Dental bonding, also known as composite bonding, has been used in dentistry for many years. It is an excellent way to repair cracked, chipped and discoloured teeth, or replace silver amalgam fillings. Dental bonding can also be used to close gaps and reshape misaligned teeth, providing a straighter, more uniform smile. Bonding is the application of a composite resin which bonds to the tooth to fill or cover the existing tooth.
Dental bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike porcelain veneers and crowns , which are customised tooth coverings that must be manufactured in a lab, bonding usually can be done in one visit to Milestone Dental Richmond.
Dental Cosmetic Composite Veneers
Cosmetic Dental Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown is a covering that goes completely around a tooth. They can be made from various materials but usually from pure porcelain that is from White Esthetic porcelain only, or fused to a biocompatible metal substructure, often gold, zirconia and stainless steel.
Dental crowns are used to support a tooth and decrease the tooth’s chances of fracturing. They are especially useful when a tooth has been heavily filled or root-filled and the remaining tooth is weak or there is not enough tooth structure left to hold in a filling. Crowns are also used for aesthetic reasons when we need to change the shape or colour of a tooth.
The length of time it takes to prepare a tooth for a crown depends on the difficulty of the situation. At our Richmond dental clinic usually a minimum of 1 hour is required in the dental chair. An impression (mould) is taken of the prepared tooth and sent to a dental technician who takes approximately 2 weeks to construct the crown. A temporary crown is made of plastic and is placed on the tooth for this time, so that you can eat properly and the tooth looks normal. It takes approximately 30 minutes to cement in the new crown on the next visit.