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Composite bonding is a minimally invasive solution where tooth coloured material is used to naturally contour chipped, uneven edges and close gaps between teeth. The shape and size of teeth can also be enhanced to achieve a particular look.

Composite Bonding in plumstead, also known as dental bonding or cosmetic bonding, is a dental procedure used to improve the appearance of teeth by applying a tooth-colored composite resin material to the tooth surface. It is a relatively non-invasive and cost-effective cosmetic treatment that can address various dental issues and enhance the overall aesthetics of the smile.

The treatment is carried out in one pain-free visit where local anaesthetic is often not necessary unless areas of decay require removal. We can choose a shade of composite to match the colour of the teeth or opt for brighter shades of composite to achieve a whiter smile.

 

Recommendation

We may recommend teeth-whitening prior to composite bonding. Fillings, veneers and crowns do not whiten and for that reason it is best to carry out whitening first so the teeth are bright and ready for composite bonding.

Composite bonding is strong and long-lasting if looked after well. We recommend brushing twice daily, interdental cleaning and regular hygiene appointments.

 

Steps

The composite resin used in bonding is a mixture of plastic and glass materials that closely resembles the natural color and texture of teeth. The procedure involves the following steps:

 

Preparation: The dentist begins by examining the tooth and determining the appropriate shade of composite resin that matches the natural color of the patient's teeth. The tooth surface is then prepared by roughening it slightly and applying a conditioning gel to facilitate the bonding process.

 

Application: The dentist applies the composite resin to the tooth in layers. Each layer is carefully shaped and molded to achieve the desired look and to correct any imperfections such as chips, cracks, gaps, or discoloration. The resin is malleable and can be sculpted to mimic the natural contours of the tooth.

 

Bonding: Once the desired shape and appearance are achieved, a special light is used to harden and bond the composite resin to the tooth surface. This process is called curing and typically takes only a few seconds per layer.

 

Finishing: After the resin has hardened, the dentist trims, shapes, and polishes the bonded tooth to ensure a seamless blend with the surrounding teeth. This step helps to enhance the aesthetics and provide a natural-looking result.

 

Used For

Composite bonding can be used to address several cosmetic dental concerns, including:

 

  • Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Reshaping irregularly shaped teeth
  • Covering stains or discoloration
  • Lengthening teeth that are too short
  • Protecting exposed tooth roots due to gum recession

 

It is worth noting that composite bonding Plumstead is a cosmetic procedure and may not be as durable or long-lasting as other restorative options like dental veneers or crowns. However, with proper care and maintenance, composite bonding can last for several years before requiring touch-ups or replacements.

It is recommended to consult with a qualified dentist to determine if composite bonding is the appropriate treatment for your specific dental needs.

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