Bonding is a method of tooth reconstruction that is becoming increasingly popular.
It is an alternative to veneers and crowns.
To learn more about this treatment and its effects, we talk to an expert – Dr.
Tomasz Kuprys, prosthodontist from Warsaw Dental Center.
HOW IS THE BONDING TREATMENT PERFORMED?
During the bonding procedure, the tooth is first sandblasted and etched.
Then, a bonding resin and a dentin and enamel composite are applied to its surface to obtain the most natural appearance possible.
Each layer is hardened using a special polymerization lamp.
The tooth is then shaped and carefully polished to give it a beautiful shine.
When restoring more teeth, the procedure is slightly more advanced.
Then, following the dentist’s instructions, the technician prepares the so-called
“wax up”, i.e. a model of planned reconstruction.
Based on this model, special matrices are created that are used to apply the liquid composite material.
The process is still the same – light hardening and polishing.
It is important to emphasize that the living tooth tissue is not affected in any way during this process.
BONDING OR VENEERS?
Unlike veneers and crowns, bonding does not require tooth grinding.
Although this method is faster and more economical, it is not as durable and aesthetic as ceramics.
It is estimated that bonding lasts up to 5 years, provided that there are regular check-ups and proper oral hygiene.
WHO IS BONDING FOR?
The bonding treatment is ideal for people with minor defects in the shape of their teeth, discolorations or slight irregularities in their positioning.
It is also a perfect solution for those who want to test the new appearance of their teeth before permanent ceramic restoration.
However, it is not suitable for correcting malocclusion – orthodontics is needed for this purpose.
In the case of missing teeth, they must first be replaced.
ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS?
Teeth intended for composite reconstruction must be:
free from caries, and periodontal tissues must not show inflammatory symptoms.
In patients with bruxism, grinding or clenching teeth, the durability of the composite may be shortened.
Such patients should use special protective splints and undergo more frequent check-ups.
HOW MUCH DOES THE TREATMENT COST?
The costs depend on the scope of the procedure.
The price for a single tooth is PLN 900, which is comparable to the price for a large filling.
Full reconstructions, with the previously mentioned design, may cost around PLN 20,000, but the end result is truly impressive.