The Ultimate Guide to Dental Composite Bonding

Did you know that the incidents of cracked teeth and other dental problems have increased in recent years? When your tooth is cracked or chipped, it can immediately diminish the quality of your smile. Luckily, there are many options available for fixing damaged teeth and one of those options is dental composite bonding. 

But what is composite bonding, you might ask? This article will show you everything you need to know and by the time you’re done reading, you’ll be able to determine whether or not dental bonding is the right choice for you. First, let’s see what exactly dental bonding is exactly.

What Is Dental Composite Bonding

The basis of a composite bond for teeth is composite resin. Composite resin is a material that is designed to match the color of your teeth, so when your dentist applies it, the resin will look exactly like the rest of your teeth. This resin is made of an especially durable plastic and it can be used to treat a variety of dental problems. 

Besides chips and cracks, your dentist may also use composite resin to fill cavities or to fill gaps between your teeth. If you have discolored teeth, your dentist can even use composite resin that is lighter in color than the rest of your teeth so you can achieve a bright white smile. Composite bonding can also be used for more serious dental problems such as exposed roots. 

If your roots are exposed, your dentist can apply some of the resin over the roots to protect them. Since exposed roots can be painful, composite bonding makes for an easy solution. However, composite bonding can’t fix everything. 

Even though composite resin can treat moderate forms of tooth decay such as cavities, it should not be used to cover up more serious problems. For example, if your teeth are in the late stages of tooth decay, your dentist should not bond your teeth because your teeth in such a state will be more vulnerable to infection. In severe forms of tooth decay, you may even experience tooth loss which composite bonding can’t fix. 

After all, dental bonding is no substitute for basic dental care. If the idea of dental bonding sounds good to you so far, you might be wondering what you should expect when going in for the procedure. We will explore this next. 

What to Expect from the Dental Bonding Procedure

The convenient thing about dental bonding is that you won’t need to prepare very much before the procedure. Dental bonding is also a painless process so your dentist won’t need to use anesthesia. However, anesthesia may be necessary if you are dealing with more severe or painful dental conditions such as cavities or severely chipped teeth involving exposed nerves. 

Once it’s time for the procedure, your dentist will examine your teeth and try to find composite resin that best matches the color of your teeth. Once this is done, your dentist will take a special tool and use it to sand down the surface of your tooth. This may be uncomfortable but not painful.

Your dentist won’t remove any enamel from your tooth but rather make the surface of your tooth rougher. This is important because the composite resin will be able to stick more easily to your tooth. Your dentist will most likely cover your tooth with a conditioning liquid that will also help the composite resin stick better to your tooth.

Afterward, your dentist will shape the composite resin to your tooth. Your dentist will be able to mold the resin into any shape so it will be able to fix almost whatever shape abnormality your tooth has. Once your dentist forms the resin into the right shape, he will take a special light that shines ultraviolet light onto the resin. 

This light will make the resin harden. The procedure is not done quite yet, however. Your dentist can continue to refine the shape of the composite bond even once it’s hardened. 

By the end of the procedure, your dentist will polish your tooth so it matches the rest of your teeth. If you are getting one tooth bonded, the procedure should take no more than an hour. 

The Details about Dental Bonds

There are plenty of benefits when it comes to dental bonds, but there are also a few drawbacks. One of the benefits is that dental bonds are much more affordable compared to crowns or veneers. Crowns and veneers treat many of the same dental problems that dental bonds do, except that crowns and veneers tend to cost thousands of dollars per tooth. 

Another benefit is that your dentist will not need to remove any of your real tooth. This is not the case with veneers and crowns which require your teeth to be sanded down into nubs. For this reason, dental bonding is much less painful than other dental improvement options. 

However, you should keep in mind that dental bonds are not as durable as crowns or veneers. For that reason, you should try not to eat any hard foods such as peanuts that might chip your composite bonds. Composite bonds are also more vulnerable to staining, so if you want your dental bonds to stay white for as long as possible, avoid dark substances such as red wine and red fruits. 

What You Need to Know About Composite Bonding

If you’ve made it to the end of this article, you should know everything about dental composite bonding. Composite bonding is an easy and affordable procedure that can fix a wide variety of dental problems and improve the look of your teeth.

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