Composite bonding is a dental procedure whose popularity is growing at a remarkable pace. The objective behind it is to improve the appearance of teeth. And it is usually something that can be done and completed within one appointment. You can therefore book an emergency composite bonding London appointment, and get done with it within the day. The procedure is convenient. Add to that the fact that it is minimally invasive, and it becomes clear why its popularity is growing so fast.
What exactly does the term ‘composite bonding’ refer to?
Composite bonding is a procedure where teeth are bonded with a white filling material. It serves a couple of objectives. First is the cosmetic objective, in terms of making the teeth look better. And second is the functional objective – which can be in terms of rebuilding tooth structure that has been lost.
Thus at the end of composite bonding, you can end up with teeth whose colour is improved. And/or you can end up with a tooth whose shape is restored.
It is worth mentioning that composite bonding is one of those procedures that can be performed on people of all ages. Thus your age is really not a factor in determining whether or not you are a suitable candidate for composite bonding.
Key steps in the this procedure
Firstly, the filling that is to be used in the procedure is matched to your teeth (in terms of colour). So the dentist may take note of the (exact) colour of your teeth. Then they find filler material that perfectly matches this colour.
The second step is of cleaning the teeth. The dentist does this using an etchant gel.
The third step is of applying dental adhesive. This is essential, as it is through the adhesive that the dentist is able to stick the filler (bonding) material to the teeth.
The fourth step is of layering the filling material over the tooth. So the goal is to get the filling to come on top of the tooth – sticking to it through the dental adhesive previously applied. This layering has to be done in small increments.
Fourthly, blue light is shone over the area where the filling was applied. It solidifies the bond and helps in securing the bond.
Finally, the dentist gets to review the result of the work. This is normally followed by polishing, in order to give the tooth with composite bonding a truly natural look.
Cost of the procedure
The cost of composite bonding is usually manageable.
There is no fixed figure that can be cited as the price of composite bonding. What you pay is a factor of the number of teeth worked on. And it also depends on how complex your composite bonding treatment turns out to be.
Worth noting is the fact that you don’t always have to pay the entire cost for composite bonding upfront. In some practices, there are schemes under which you make monthly payments. This can help you get the composite bonding work you need without messing up your budget.
Whether it hurts
The composite bonding process is one we may describe as being pain-free. That is because, at the core of it, this procedure just entails layering composite filler on top of the teeth. Therefore there is no aspect of it that is either invasive or painful.
Of course, there are people whose teeth are very sensitive. Such people are bound to experience some discomfort whenever anything is done to their teeth. For such people, teeth numbing can be necessary, before embarking on composite bonding.
Whether it damages the teeth
Composite bonding doesn’t damage the teeth. If anything, it helps in improving/restoring the tooth structure. This procedure is one that is minimally invasive. Therefore there is no aspect of it that can damage the teeth.
While it at, we may mention that the filling used in thisprocess can actually be removed. Or it can be repaired and changed. And these things can be done at any point, once it is placed on the tooth.
The amount of time needed for the procedure
There are two factors that determine how much time is needed for the composite bonding procedure. First is obviously the number of teeth that the procedure is being undertaken on. We can’t expect bonding that is being done on a single tooth to take as much time as bonding being done on, say, 4 teeth. And second is the complexity of the bonding work that needs to be done. Sometimes, you find that quite a number of filler layers have to be put on the teeth. And each layer is added in a painstaking way, thus taking quite a bit of time.
Whatever the case, it usually gets completed within one single appointment.
Sometimes, the work can get done in as little as 1 hour. But in other cases, the work can get done is as much as 4 hours. If the procedure has to be lengthy, the dentist will allow you to have breaks at some intervals within it.
The duration of time composite bonding remains effective
Once you get it done, it is reasonable to expect it to last 5-7 years.
To get the composite bonding to last as long as possible, you need to observe good oral hygiene. Further, you need to be wary of your diet. So in that regard, the focus should be on avoiding food/drink items that could stain the bonded teeth. Smoking is another thing that can quickly stain the teeth on which bonding was done. Thus by avoiding smoking, you may be able to get your treatment to last longer.
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