1. What is composite bonding?
2. How is composite bonding performed?
3. How long does composite bonding typically last?
4. Can composite bonding fail? If so, in what ways?
5. What are the main advantages of composite bonding?
6. How often does a tooth composite bonding need to be upgraded?
7. Which specialist performs composite bonding?
Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment used to fill in chips, gaps or fractures in one's teeth, which can help to restore teeth to their original appearance. It is a quick, one-day procedure and can be performed without the use of anaesthesia.
In a typical composite bonding dental procedure, the dentist will bond a white filling material onto the patient's tooth, without the necessity to damage the tooth in the process. The dentist performing composite bonding can also either change the shape, size and/or colour of the tooth/teeth and the dentist will match the composite resin used to the colour of the patient's teeth in order to preserve a natural appearance of the tooth that has received composite bonding treatment.
It is very similar to a direct filling in the tooth. Before the treatment, the dentist will prepare the patient's tooth appropriately by roughening slightly the surface of the tooth being performed on. Following this, the tooth will then be coated with a liquid substance to assist the composite resin to stick more smoothly and easily. The resin is then hereafter moulded into the necessary shape and size. Once applied, the composite is hardened by the dentist through the use of an ultraviolet (UV) light. This ensures that the patient can indeed bite down before leaving.
In the majority of cases, composite bonding typically lasts between five to seven years.
Occasionally, composite bonding can indeed fail, usually in the form of chipping or breaking. Staining of the composite bonding is also another possibility. These failings however, are easily and quickly amended, as composite bonding failing is easily repaired. Patients should be aware that composites require regular maintenance in the form of daily flossing and brushing, regularly visiting their dentist, as well as avoiding biting hard foods. Patients who grind their teeth in their sleep should wear a custom-made nightguard to help protect the composite bond.
There are numerous advantages of composite bonding, such as:
- it is a quick, one-day procedure
- it is a minimally invasive procedure
- it restores a healthy looking smile
- it increases one's confidence
- cheaper alternative to crowns or veneers
- it results in a brighter, whiter smile
It depends entirely on one's diet. Patients who have had composite bonding performed on their teeth should avoid drinking wine and should try to avoid smoking, as this will cause staining and discolouring of the composites. If patients brush their teeth on a frequent basis and practice good oral hygiene, their composite bonding will remain in good condition, provided that they avoid wine and cigarettes as much as possible.
Cosmetic dentists are the specialists responsible for carrying out a composite bonding dental treatment.