Composite bonding is a form of dental restoration for broken, chipped or discoloured teeth. The dental procedure is a popular one which offers excellent result. If the appearance of your teeth gives you displeasure, then you should consider composite bonding to improve them.
Here are all you should know about this treatment option.
What is composite bonding?
It is the work of a dental professional (dentist or dental hygiene therapist) to apply dental composite resin to the teeth to improve their appearance. Using composite bonding is cost-effective and safer than traditional veneers. The procedure is also faster as you can get your perfect teeth within a few days.
You can use composite bonding for correcting cracked and chipped teeth, and closing diastema gaps. The treatment is different from that of composite veneers because it fixes smaller dental problems for one tooth or a few teeth.
A dental hygienist can also carry out the procedure if a dentist prescribes it. If your dentist looks at your bite and decides that you can carry out composite bonding, then your dental hygiene therapist can carry out the procedure. Your dentist may perform the bonding procedure if he/she decides to.
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Misconceptions about composite bonding
Most people think that composite bonding is the same as composite veneers, but they are different. In composite veneer treatment, the dentist applies composite resin to all the teeth or the front six teeth. This procedure is also more complicated than composite bonding.
Composite bonding is also different from composite fillings. Composite fillings, also called white filling, is usually used for the back teeth. Composite bonding is also different from dental crowns which the dentist uses to cover the surface of the tooth. Dental veneers are made from porcelain and not composite resin.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of composite bonding?
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A significant advantage of composite bonding is that the procedure is a quick one, and it requires only one appointment with either your dentist or dental hygiene therapist. This procedure saves you time and even money. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, requires several meetings, and it could take about three weeks to get your desired result.
Another upside of composite bonding is that it does not require damaging the natural tooth. The procedure is the least invasive of dental restoration procedures, and this means that you have your teeth intact and your oral health remain the same for further treatments.
To fit the composite material, the dentist will sculpt the material directly on your teeth without drilling or filing down the existing tooth, unlike porcelain veneer treatment that poses some risks because the dentist will prepare the teeth before fitting the porcelain veneer.
The drilling process may be particularly harmful and also expensive for patients in their 20's and 30's. Irrespective of your dentist's expertise, drilling the teeth to fit porcelain veneers will increase the risk of damaging healthy teeth and the teeth falling out. It may create the need for a root canal treatment or implant placement in the future.
The risks of composite bonding and porcelain veneers
There are several differences between dental bonding and porcelain bonding, and this makes them have different risks.
Getting porcelain veneers is an invasive dental procedure, so it requires you to get injections before the dentist drills or preps the existing teeth. If the dentist makes a mistake and drills off the excess of a tooth, it reduces the enamel, which may lead to increased sensitivity. There is also the risk of tooth damage or failure.
You also have to wait for some days for your ceramist to make veneers that will fit your teeth. While you are waiting for your permanent fix, your dentist will provide temporary ones. You also have a follow-up appointment when the permanent veneers are ready for fitting the porcelain veneers. All these processes also come with their risks,
In composite bonding, attaching the composite veneers will only take about an hour, so no need for drills or injections.
Who is suitable for composite bonding?
Composite bonding may not be suitable for everyone, and it lies on the dentist to find the right patient for the procedure. If you want to get composite bonding, your dentist will assess your mouth to determine if you can get the treatment.
During the assessment, the dentist will find out the cause of your dental problem. If you either grind teeth or bite down on things like pens or pencils, you may not be suitable for composite bonding. Ensure that your dentist knows all your habits and carries out a full assessment of your bite.
Most persons are usually the right candidate for composite bonding. If you have healthy gums and natural teeth, then you are suitable for composite bonding. If your teeth look nice, it does not always mean that they are healthy.
Patients with gapped, crooked or mishappen teeth might be right for composite bonding treatment.
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In the UK, what's the cost of composite bonding?
Generally, composite bonding is not as expensive as braces, porcelain veneers, and other dental restorative treatments. The cost of composite bonding also varies depending on certain factors, but you can get bonding for a tooth from £200, unlike porcelain veneers that cost about five times more.
You can get composite bonding after your braces treatment to correct uneven teeth edges, and it cost only a few extra pounds. Teeth whitening and composite bonding is also a great way to get perfect looking teeth and a beautiful smile.
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