Emergency Cosmetic Procedures: Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure in which composite bonding is used to restore the shape of a tooth that has worn down or suffered dental trauma.

Booking an emergency bonding appointment

The Gentle Dental practice offers emergency/same-day dental appointments to new and existing patients who are suffering from a multitude of oral health problems in East Molesey.

We can treat the full range of dental emergencies, everything from a lost tooth to a swollen mouth. We know you are in pain and need an immediate solution. 

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Dental bonding is also used to remove stains on your enamel, which is completely pain-free, and you will usually need to visit the clinic more than once for the colour correction to be complete.

Bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic procedures and takes less time to complete than veneers or crowns. It is not very invasive, requires minimal tooth removal, and is usually pain-free.

Here at Gentle Dental, the comfort and confidence of our patients are key, and we have been helping patients smile for over 30 years.

What dental bonding is used for:

  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Correcting tooth shape or size
  • Correction of cracked chipped or broken teeth
  • Restoration of worn-down or decaying teeth
  • Protection of tooth roots
  • Improve the appearance of discoloured teeth
  • Treatment of sensitive teeth
  • As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
  • To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed where the gums have receded.

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Dental bonding procedure: What happens?

Anaesthesia is often unnecessary with dental bonding procedures unless the bonding is used to fill a decayed tooth, the tooth needs to be drilled to change its shape, or the chip is close to the nerve.

Before the procedure, one of our dentists will select a composite resin colour that matches the colour of your tooth to ensure a seamless look.

A conditioning liquid will be applied to the tooth in order to roughen the surface. This will help the bonding material adhere to the tooth.

Then, the tooth coloured resin is applied, moulded and smoothed to the desired shape.

Once the resin is in place, bright light or laser is used to harden the material onto the tooth.

After the resin has been hardened, one of our experienced staff will then trim and shape it accordingly, until it is shaped perfectly.

Finally, they will polish the tooth so that the bonding matches the sheen of the rest of the tooth’s surface, ready for that gleaming smile!

The procedure usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes per tooth, depending on the bonding treatment.

You will be in the best of hands with our dentists, who will ensure that the procedure is painless and pleasant.

How long does dental bonding last?

Dental bonding tends to last up to 10 years.

Composite materials are not as strong as your natural enamel, so it is important to take proper care of your teeth by avoiding hard foods, ice cubes and similar substances that can crack the bonding material.

Dental bonding that has corrected the colour of your tooth can last between 4 and 8 years on average.

This depends on the location of the tooth in the mouth, your bite, and eating and chewing habits.

Call us on 020 8224 7562 to talk with one of our dentists about the best cosmetic approach for you to help your smile sparkle again.

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Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!

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