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Everything You Should Know About Composite Bonding

11 Sep 2020

Less-invasive cosmetic dental procedures are fast becoming the preferred treatment option for most patients. Using composite bonding to restore the smile is one of the most popular less-invasive cosmetic dental procedures. Cosmetic bonding London is also safe, reliable, and affordable.

The procedure involves the dentist placing a white or tooth coloured filling material that matches the colour of the teeth without removing a large amount of the enamel. Using composite bonding helps to preserve the natural enamel, and your dentist can quickly repair the composite material when you damage it.

An overview of the procedure

Your dentist can either bond the composite material to the anterior or posterior part of your teeth. The first term in both procedures is matching the filling material to the colour of your teeth. Your dentist then uses an etchant gel to clean your teeth before placing a dental adhesive that helps the composite material stick to the tooth. Your dentist places the filling gradually until the right amount is gotten before using blue light to solidify and secure the filling in place.

Finally, your dentist will shapen, polish and adjust the filling material to look natural. The filling stays in place for a long time, but like every other dental restoration, it will not last forever. Your dentist lets you know how long to expect your cosmetic bonding to last. You will replace the filling material when you notice that the colour appears dull or has stains.

If you get silver fillings, they will expand and crack after a while, which can lead to decay beneath the filling. Large silver fillings will wear down the tooth, which may result in a crown replacement. In cases like this, the dentist will replace the silver fillings with white ones to prevent the tooth from breaking and the need for a crown replacement.

You may also opt for gold fillings which are made in the lab. These fillings last long, but your dentist cannot easily repair them. They are not as adhesive as composite fillings.

Cost of composite bonding

If you only need a small-scale bonding, the cost is reduced. If you need to treat a small cavity with an amalgam filling, it may cost about £80 - £90, but the same treatment with white fillings may cost about £120. If you want your dentist to cover a large part of your teeth with white filling, your dentist may charge you about £200 - £500 because you may need additional materials like matrix bands.

Anterior vs posterior composites

Placing the anterior composite is usually more difficult as the composite material will be more visible and need more polishing for the teeth to look perfect. After the procedure, the final shape of the teeth also has to be symmetrical. For posterior composite bonding, your dentist already has a foundation to follow to fill the tooth.

Afterlook of the teeth

Your dentist will try to achieve a natural look. You can decide to shape down the teeth to make them look flat or add more fillings to the sides of your teeth to make them smooth although, your smile may not look natural. To achieve these, you may need the removal of healthy enamel which is not advisable.

Most dentists aim only to use the right amount of composite material necessary instead of adding a lot of composites then trying to make it look flat. Your dentist will try to make the front teeth roughly the same height as the canines, then the two adjacent and lateral teeth on either side to be slightly smaller.

Generally, men tend to have sharper edges while women have teeth with rounder and softer edges, but your dentist will take into consideration the shape of your face and do what will fit best. Your dentist will have to examine the present condition of the teeth and other factors to determine the final look of the teeth.

Teeth condition and the dentist’s work

Each composite bonding procedure for every patient is unique because everyone has their distinct features. Some people have little imperfections that are not difficult to handle, but others, like people with brown marks or translucent edges, may be difficult to manage. Cases like these require the dentist to use additional equipment like special tints to make the composite bonding look natural.

If your teeth are only a single shade, it makes it easy for your dentist to treat because only one colour of the composite is needed, which can be gotten within a short while.

The procedure

The first step in composite bonding is a consultation with your dentist to examine your teeth to know if you can use composite bonding to restore your smile. Your dentist might offer you a chairside mock-up to show you how your teeth will look after the procedure.

Your dentist will place the composite material during the next appointment. The duration of the appointment will depend on the size of the composite material you need and the dentist’s expertise to make the composite material look natural.

A small white filling on the back of the tooth may take only about 30 minutes. For the front teeth, you may need a longer appointment because your dentist has to pay much attention to details for the teeth to look natural. Depending on the number of teeth that needs filling, you may be in a dental chair for about 1 – 4 hours, but you may have breaks in-between the filling process.

The most important thing is that with an experienced dentist, your London composite bonding treatment will leave you with perfect teeth and a beautiful smile. If you need a dentist with the expertise to make your composite bonding look natural, contact Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic today on 020 71830755 to book an appointment.