Choosing the most suitable dental procedure and treatment has never been easy. Questions like “Am I suitable for this procedure? How long will it last? What’s the cost?” And others will flood your mind.
To help you know whether or not composite resin bonding is for you, we have assembled this guide to help you understand what is involved in getting composite dental bonding before you choose.
Composite bonding: what is it?
Composite resin bonding or dental bonding. It is a procedure in which the composite resin material is attached to your teeth to supplement or alter their shape and overall look. Dental professionals usually carry it out. The professional will apply the resin to your teeth and shape them before permanently bonding them for this procedure.
Many people appreciate the composite bonding idea as a solution for improving the appearance of their teeth after being damaged. The bonding material used for this treatment can last from 3 to 10 years, depending on the patient’s diligence when care for them.
Benefits of composite bonding
The following are the benefits of composite bonding:
- This procedure is generally completed with only one visit
- You may not need to be placed under local anaesthesia for the procedure
- It is a perfect and affordable solution compared to other dental restorations
- Compared to other dental restorations like veneers and crowns, only a tiny portion of your natural tooth is tampered with
Potential disadvantages of composite bonding
Like other medical procedures, composite bonding has some potential downsides.
- Like other solutions, the material is not stain-resistant
- It does not last long like other solutions
- The affected area is more likely to break or damage
What you should expect during a composite bonding visit?
It takes about half an hour for a dentist to fix a single tooth with composite bonding. With that said, you may not need to be numbed before the procedure.
For this procedure, your dentist will smoothen your natural teeth and apply adhering liquid to prepare them. After this, they will choose a composite bonding material with a colour shade that matches your natural tooth to finalise the bond.
This bond will be hardened with a specialised UV light. After solidifying the bond, your dentist will shape the material to give your tooth the desired structure and appearance. They will then ensure that it fits appropriately with your bite.
Who is eligible for composite bonding?
Your dentist will consider several options when choosing the most suitable dental solution. You should know that there is no one perfect choice where your oral health is involved. However, the most appropriate will vary based on your unique needs.
Your dentist may consider you a suitable candidate for dental bonding if:
- Your treatment aims to enhance the smile, appearance of your tooth, and close gaps
- You have chipped, fractured, damaged, or decayed teeth
- You have an exposed tooth root that needs to be covered
Your dentist may not recommend composite bonding for you if:
- Your bite needs to be adjusted because they are poorly aligned, for instance, in the case of an overjet or overbite.
- The remaining material of your tooth is not enough for build-up
When choosing the most suitable dental procedure, the cost is usually another essential factor. Gladly, composite bonding is cost-effective compared to other alternatives. Though the price varies from one private practice to another, it should be between £200 and £350 per tooth. Other options like veneers are more expensive and cost between £500 and£1,000 for each tooth.
It doesn’t just end with getting your composite bond installed on your teeth. After the procedure, you will need to maintain your regular oral routine and ensure that you care, especially for your bonded tooth. This is because this tooth is more prone to chipping, damage, and stain can be detrimental to its life span. Hence, you must have a healthy life and a good oral care routine.
To care for your dental bonding:
- Brush your teeth with a non-abrasive toothpaste for at least 2 minutes twice a day. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush
- Use an interdental brush or flossing device to clean the gaps between your teeth once a day
- Avoid grinding your teeth. If you do, tell your dentist about getting a mouthguard
- Don’t chew on ice, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Avoid acidic and very sugary food and beverages; stick to a healthy diet
- Regularly visit a dental hygienist for professional cleaning of your teeth
Despite all that is shared here, only your dentist can determine whether you are suitable for dental bonding. So, before making up your mind on any alternative, have an initial consultation with your dentist. They will help you make the best choice for your long-term health, pocket, and general appearance.
We believe that learning about dental composite bonding treatment will help you get ready for the procedure.