A bonded filling procedure is a process in which your dentist carefully places and sculpts a tooth colored resin-based composite to your tooth, allowing quick, economical, and natural looking repairs for problems such as the following:
- Replacing old fillings
- Chipped teeth
- Gaps between the teeth
- Surface abnormalities
First, your tooth will be prepared, removing any decayed tooth structure and old filling material and making any necessary structural adjustments. Then, an etching gel is applied to ensure that the bonding material will adhere to the tooth.
Once the surface of the tooth is prepared and cleaned, your dentist will apply a bonding resin to the tooth which adheres the filling material to the tooth. The filling material is made from a specially formulated composite resin. The composite is a putty-like consistency when applied, allowing your dentist to carefully sculpt the material to the shape of the missing tooth structure. The composite is then cured with a special light to harden the material. In many cases, the material will be applied in a series of thin layers and built up to the correct size and shape to minimize distortion of the material.
Finally, your dentist will check your bite and make any minor adjustments to the size and shape of the composite and then smooth and polish the surface so that it feels and looks natural.