Because it does not involve dental laboratory work, tooth bonding can usually be accomplished in a single visit to the dental office. Typically, one can expect the entire procedure to take between 60 minutes to an hour and a half.
First, we will clean the surface of the tooth so that it is plaque-free and ready to be bonded. We will then “etch” the surface of the tooth with an acidic gel that opens up tiny pores in the surface. After the etching gel is rinsed off, the liquid composite resin in a well-matched shade is painted on in a thin layer, filling these tiny pores to create a strong micromechanical bond. A special curing light is used to harden this bonding material. Once the first layer is cured, another layer is painted on and cured.
We will continue to build up layers until the restoration has the necessary thickness. We will then shape the bonding material using a dental polisher to give it just the right form. Once we are satisfied that the tooth not only looks great but fits perfectly with your bite, we will give the bonded tooth a final polishing.