At Vellore Woods Dentistry, we are here to help you with your easiest and your most challenging dental needs. We have experience with all types of patients and dental issues. At our practice, one of the areas we specialise in is dental bonding, inlays, and onlays. These are all examples of the restorative dentistry services that we offer.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is also known as bonding restoration. The Canadian Dental Association acknowledges that bonding is an easy way to restore the look of teeth while avoiding pain that you might encounter from other types of procedures. There are many reasons why you might seek out dental bonding as a solution, making it a versatile procedure.
It is used to fix:
- The shape of your tooth
- Closing space between teeth
- Making teeth appear larger
- Repairing decay
- Helping with receding gum lines
What You Can Expect from the Process
At Vellore Woods Dentistry, we are committed to helping you understand our procedures and what you expect when you come in for dental bonding. During this procedure, the process is fairly straightforward:
- You won’t need any anesthesia during the procedure unless you require a hole to be drilled beforehand. It will usually finish quickly and efficiently at our offices.
- Before the actual procedure, you must find a shade for the composite that will match the rest of your teeth.
- As you begin the procedure, the dentist will prepare your teeth by applying a conditioning liquid. They may also roughen the surface of your teeth. This allows the material to adhere effectively.
- Once the dentist preps your teeth, they will then apply the composite material in thin layers. This allows for both maximum control and precision.
- As each layer is applied, it is carefully shaped to the desired look. Next, a special light is applied to the layer, which hardens it at sets it in place. This layering and hardening process is repeated until the final look is achieved.
Length of the Procedure
One of the most common questions that our patients ask is how long the procedure lasts for dental bonding. There isn’t an exact answer to this question, as the length of time it takes depends on a few different factors:
- One of the biggest factors when it comes to time is the number of teeth. The more teeth that are bonded at once, the longer the procedure will typically last. That isn’t to say they can’t be done in one session. We can accommodate many teeth in one session.
- The other important factor is the type of bonding. Each type of bonding requires a different number of layers. More layers may require a longer session. For example, fewer layers are typically needed for a composite veneer bonding, while more may be needed to restore a decaying tooth.
If our patients do want an estimated wait time for this type of procedure, we typically tell them each tooth takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Dental inlays and onlays are two other types of dental procedures that we perform at our offices. They are a great resource for restoring the function and look of damaged teeth. Inlays and onlays are both types of indirect fillings.
They are a popular alternative to traditional fillings and are also an alternative to a full dental crown. Dental Inlays and onlays can last for much longer than traditional fillings as well.
The main difference between the two types is the areas of the tooth that they target. Onlays target the biting surface of your teeth, or the cusps, and are usually for molars and pre-molars. Inlays are used for the areas between cusps.
What to Expect from Inlays and Onlays
The process for both of these procedures is similar. They usually take several appointments to complete. This is because your dentist must measure your teeth and create an impression for the lab to create materials that will fit your teeth. You will also need to have appointments for cleaning and polishing. Each appointment that you have to make will usually last about an hour each.
Need a Dentistry in Woodbridge You Can Trust?
At Vellore Woods Dentistry, we are happy to help you with the restorative dental procedures that you need. All of our staff are trained and have years of experience with general, cosmetic and family dentistry. We will match you with the perfect professional for your dental bonding, inlay, or onlay procedure. Contact us today to set up your appointment today.
We are also happy to offer you comprehensive services under one roof. Learn more about our teeth cleaning services to help you maintain your oral health.