Bonding and bonded fillings

Advances in adhesive technology have greatly assisted dentists to simplify procedures while achieving superior treatment outcomes.  Prior to advanced bonding technology, a tooth had to be drilled to create a mechanical lock for the filling materials to hold on, whereas with bonding, the tooth surface merely needs to be roughened with air abrasion technology,etched and primed for the adhesive to stick and have a filling built up from there.

Even broken down teeth which could only be restored with a crown can often now be bonded and rebuilt with tooth colour matched composite filling material and avoid a crown which requires the tooth to be significantly cut back.

As mentioned before, our mantra is always that “the less a tooth is drilled the more likely it is to last a lifetime.”

Sometimes part of a tooth will break from around a filling or a crown may lose some of its porcelain surface.  In the past, often everything had to be removed from the tooth and start again.

Not anymore.  Provided that there is no deeper decay under the existing dental work, and it is still solid, we can now bond onto all materials such as old white filling, silver fillings, gold alloy and porcelain crowns with new surface impregnation technology which can then be linked, primed and bonded so tooth coloured composite can be used to restore the tooth to normal aesthetics and function.

This is an exciting development as it greatly reduces the size and cost of many procedures.

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