Composite bonding is one of the most common dental treatments performed. It is a versatile and relatively inexpensive option for patients who require repairs and restorations. Sometimes, however, it is not enough to save your tooth.
In London, cosmetic bonding is practically a routine treatment for fixing chipped teeth and small gaps. Teeth bonding is also a good choice for lengthening the teeth and covering up deep-seated stains that cannot be removed using whitening treatments. It may also be used to fill cavities after they have been cleaned out.
What Is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding uses a porcelain composite resin material that is perfectly matched to the colour of your tooth. Your dentist will examine your tooth and see whether tooth bonding is enough to cover the damage.
Any cavity or staining is smoothed away, leaving a clean surface. They will then etch the surface of the tooth to give the resin something to adhere to. Once the surface is adequately roughened, it is lightly coated with a conditioning liquid, followed by the resin.
Most dentists mould the resin manually using dental tools, then harden it with an ultraviolet lamp. It only takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete the entire process.
Not Always the Best Option
Composite bonding, though flexible and ideal for covering a wide range of problems, is not always the ideal choice of treatment.
For example, severe cavities may require a crown, instead of tooth bonding, because the damage is too extensive. While composite bonding may cover minor issues, it is not enough for heavy damage. It is also not a good choice for crooked teeth, underbites and other issues. While you may use bonding to cover up minor imperfections and get straighter teeth, for some situations, it is better to get orthodontic treatment instead.
Composite bonding is just not for everyone.