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Composite bonding procedure

A brief and useful discussion on composite bonding to help you take informed decision easily

Composite bonding is a widely used procedure in cosmetic dentistry. It proves a reliable procedure to enhance the appearance as well as the functionality of your teeth to a considerable extent. Dentists all over the world and including the UK recommend this treatment to patients particularly if the later want to improve both the appearance and the feel of their smile. The procedure is suitable to correct minor flaws of the teeth like chips, cracks and gaps. It is also a tried and tested solution for discolouration of the teeth. The procedure involves fixing composite resin to the front surface of the tooth to redefine its outline and restore it. Most importantly the procedure delivers a smile that looks completely natural and can make proud about. 

Composite bonding procedure – what it is

The dental bonding procedure can be divided in the following steps to make it easy to understand.

  • Select the right colour

Dentists make use of a shade guide to select a composite resin material that is the closest possible match to the colour of your natural teeth.

  • Preparing the tooth for the treatment

The surface of the tooth targeted for the treatment is roughened and a conditioning liquid is also used. These measures help the bonding material stick better to the tooth.  

  • Application of the composite resin material 

The next step is about applying the resin to the tooth and it is moulded and smoothened to bring to an appropriate shape. The resin material that is used is basically putty-like substance. Therefore moulding and bringing it to a definite shape is not only possible but also easy explains a dentist provides the treatment of composite bonding in London over the years. 

  • The curing step

The composite resin material that is applied to the tooth is ten hardened and for this a special curing light is used. During this step the composite material actually bonds with the surface of your tooth explains the expert.

  • Cleaning and polishing the teeth

 Now that the composite material has bonded with your tooth (as in the step above) the procedure is just about to end. In the last and final step your dentist makes the necessary adjustments and then polishes your teeth to make them reveal their natural sheen.

How much time it takes for the procedure to complete? The entire procedure usually gets over anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes for each tooth.

How painful is the composite bonding procedure

Usually dental bonds are painless to apply and now if you ask why the reason is simple. While applying these bonds dentists mostly work just on the surface of the tooth. That is why there is usually no sensation of pain or discomfort for patients while undergoing the procedure. However you will only feel little discomfort when your dentist is using dental bonds to mask up decayed tooth. A cavity in a tooth is nothing but decayed tooth material. Many patients are known to complain about pain when composite resin is injected into the cavity of the decayed tooth. When the bonding material comes in contact to a decayed tooth it may affect the sensitive nerve endings of the tooth that are exposed by decay. This is why applying the composite resin material to a decayed tooth or a tooth with a cavity may lead to pain and discomfort.

Little pain is also registered when the bonding material is applied to the portion of a tooth which is near to the gums. The vulnerable nerves and tissues of a tooth are usually found at this place near the gums and therefore chances of feeling some pain and discomfort is always there. 

At Bayswater Dental Clinic and many other renowned dental surgeries dentists first assess whether there is presence of any decay in and around a tooth targeted for the treatment. They also assess the level of pain bearing sensitivity of a patient. Based on the findings they recommend patients to take topical anaesthetic or painkillers before going for the procedure. 

Which is better among dental veneers or composite bonding?

  • According to a dentist who possesses years of experience in providing the treatment of composite bonding in London veneers usually require two or more visits to a dentist whereas resin bonding gets complete in just a single visit when the majority of cases are concerned. 
  • It is relevant to mention in this context that dental bonding is a direct restoration. In other words it means the composite resin material is made as well as installed in the office of a dentist. But porcelain veneers involve indirect restoration because it is made in a dental lab according to the specifications of a dentist and then it is applied to a patient’s tooth at a dentist’s office.
  • Moreover bonded teeth normally survive anywhere between five and seven years whereas porcelain teeth easily last up to 20 years. Thus you can say that dental porcelain is way more long lasting compared to composite resin. Usually resins survive anywhere between five and ten years although in some cases it may last even longer. But porcelain – on the other hand – easily lasts for 20 years and beyond without any fuss explains a dentist who charges reasonable cost for composite bonding treatment in London over the years.
  • Children have a tendency to have their teeth chipped while taking part in sports. This is the reason why porcelain veneers treatment is not applied to children. Composite bonding is the common procedure that is used on youngsters.
  • A fractured tooth is repaired using the white filling material. This resin material is pretty simple to use say dentists.
  • A child’s teeth are bound to grow and this resin is easy to replace. Veneers are obviously not an ideal option to apply to children.

Weighing the pros and cons

Composite bonding and porcelain veneers are two separate dental procedures but they are meant to serve the same purpose which is hiding minor flaws of the teeth. Composite bonding or dental bonding offers the following benefits –

  • Versatility – Composite bonding can resolve a number of problems at one go like gaps, chipping, discolouration and other cosmetic flaws (Even porcelain veneers too are equally versatile).
  • Reasonably priced – Composite bonding treatment is reasonably priced and hence easily affordable whereas other options like porcelain veneers are exorbitantly costly.

As far as downsides of the procedure are concerned, here is an issue that is really difficult to ignore points out a dentist who offers composite bonding at reasonable cost in London

  • Prone to stain – The resin material is easily picks up stains and once your bonded tooth is stained you have no other option but to replace the bonding once again and get a fresh one in place. 

For more details you can contact Bayswater dental clinic for best composite bonding treatment at cost effective price range.