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Composite Bonding

 

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a method used to restore or improve a person’s smile.

Dental bonding can be used to:

  • Repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
  • Repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • Improve the appearance of discoloured teeth
  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Make teeth look longer
  • Change the shape of teeth
  • Replace amalgam (such as silver) fillings for a cosmetic alternative
  • Protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede (move toward the root of the tooth).

 





What are the advantages and disadvantages of composite bonding?

 

Advantages

Bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic ("appearance-changing") dental procedures. Veneers and crowns are other types of tooth coverings. However, these tooth coverings must be made in a dental lab. You would need to return to your dentist’s office to have these coverings put on your teeth. Bonding usually can be done in one office visit unless several teeth need to be fixed. Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed. (Enamel is the hard surface layer of your teeth.) Also, unless dental bonding is being used to fill a cavity, anaesthesia is usually not required.

Disadvantages

Although the material used in composite bonding is somewhat stain- resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns. Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials do not last as long or are as strong as other methods to restore teeth, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. Also, bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth. 

Some dentists view bonding as the best method for making small cosmetic changes, for making a temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and to correct teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (for example, front teeth).


Information

Harewood Dental Surgery
Christchurch Road
Virginia Water
Surrey
GU25 4PT

Tel: :  01344 842 476

Email: info@harewood.dentist

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