Composite Bonding

What is Composite Bonding?

This is the application of a tooth-coloured composite resin (plastic) to repair a fractured, chipped, decayed or discoloured tooth. Unlike veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require a customised mould to achieve a proper fit, bonding can be done in a single visit. The procedure is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth.
The following are examples of where Composite bonding can be used:-

      • To fill in and repair chipped teeth.
      • To even out jagged or rough edges.
      • To close gaps between the teeth.
      • To reshape teeth.

When would I need Composite Bonding?

This treatment is suitable if your teeth have become discoloured or damaged in an injury or accident. It is also recommended to patients that want to correct smaller aesthetic problems.

The composite resin used for composite bonding can also be used to treat minor decay on the front and back teeth and is ideal if you suffer from Receding gums, Exposed roots, Enamel loss or Tooth decay.

Am I a suitable candidate for Composite Bonding?

Generally, in order to be considered a good candidate for dental bonding, patients must have good oral health. Any dental problems such as cavities and gum disease should be resolved before you choose to proceed with this composite treatment.

However, the bonding solution can't be whitened after application, so it is recommended that patients stop or strictly limit any habits that can cause the bonding solution to become stained or yellowed. Patients that regularly smoke cigarettes will begin to notice increased discolouration of the teeth as the months and years pass; eventually resulting in the need for another treatment.

What is the procedure?

The dental bonding treatment is relatively simple and quick. The entire procedure can be broken down into four phases: preparation, application of the bonding material, curing of the bonding material, and refinement. In most cases, the entire dental bonding treatment can be completed in one to two hours. This means that you could walk out of the Dental Practice with a much improved smile in just one appointment. The actual length of your treatment will, of course, depend on the number of teeth you need to have treated.

What Risks Are Associated with Dental Bonding?

There are few risks and side effects associated with dental bonding. There is the small possibility of having an allergic reaction to the composite resin material.  In the case where the bonding is used to treat a previously decayed or traumatised tooth there is the chance that the tooth could lose vitality and result in a dental infection. The main side effect of dental bonding is increased tooth sensitivity, but this usually goes away soon after treatment.

Follow On Care

After bonding treatment, patients should care for their teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting the dentist regularly. The composite resin is not immune to staining and does not respond to teeth whitening treatment. Your dentist will also recommend limiting surgary and acidic foods and drinks as these can stain the teeth once the dental bonding procedure is complete. Patients may require dental bonding touch-ups every few years to address bonding material that has faded, become stained, or chipped. For a durable restoration that lasts longer and looks more natural than dental bonding, ceramic veneers may be a more suitable option but the cost of these is greater.

How much will it cost?

The cost of bonding varies depending on the tooth and size of the cavity or build up. The number of teeth to be treated depends upon your unique case and aesthetic goals. The cost of bonding may or may not be covered by your dental insurance depending on wether the treatment is for purely aesthetic reasons and also varies from policy to policy.

For further information about composite bonding, ask your dentist or speak to the receptionist by calling us on 01902 763200.