Dental bonding is a procedure that allows a dentist to repair a chipped, cracked or discoloured tooth or teeth, says a Harlow dentist. This has completely revolutionised the dental repair procedures that a dentist can offer to patients. Usually a veneer would be used to cover over a damaged tooth, but this procedure often needs just the one visit and is now possible on many kinds of damaged teeth. Think of it being like a plastered wall at home, if that wall has a damp patch or a chipped area then you’d simply get a plasterer to prepare it, and plaster over that piece. Then they’ll sand the edges to blend in with the rest of the wall. Now think of your tooth as that wall, with a chip on the bottom, the dentist will first prepare the tooth by coating it with a conditioning agent, this allows for a better and more permanent bonding of the resin that will be used to do the repair (think of new plaster here on the wall). When that is dry the dentist will then apply the resin to the damaged area, and shape it as best they can to make it fit in with the shape of the tooth. They will use an ultra violet light or even a laser light to harden the resin, which will be the same shade as the original tooth. This takes just minutes to completely dry the resin to a hardness that matches the enamel on the tooth. Then comes the modelling bit, the dentist will use a series of small shaping, grinding and polishing tools to complete the operation, and all without an anaesthetic. The end result is an economical way of repairing a damaged tooth, and it can all happen in just one sitting, and lasting for the duration of the natural tooth. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.