Composite Bonding in Bayswater, West London

Composite bonding is a well-established technique to repair or cosmetically alter the shape of a tooth or close gaps between teeth.

Composite bonding involves preparing the surface of the tooth by applying an etchant gel which opens up microscopic pores in the enamel.

The tooth surface is then coated with a bonding varnish which when cured, creates a very sticky surface for the composite filler to be attached.

The composite resin is colour matched to the tooth being filled and is then added (and set) in small increments to build up the shape of the tooth to the desired proportions. Once the shape has been created the material is finished by polishing to a high glaze.

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Composite Bonding Technique

This bonding technique can be carried out over a number of teeth to replace lost enamel, protect remaining enamel, and cosmetically reshape the teeth as part of a smile design process.

Composite bonding is a minimally invasive approach and can be a cost-effective alternative to dental veneers. The technique is not as robust as dental veneers, and the aesthetics achieved, while generally deliver a significant improvement, will not match those of dental veneers, which could be considered as an option at a later date.

Composite bonding is particularly useful in repairing worn out edges, typically as a result of teeth grinding. Worn edges can ‘age’ the teeth and make them appear unsightly. By using composite bonding, the edges of the teeth can be safely and painlessly restored often without the need for any anaesthetic injections or drilling.

If you have any exposed enamel from gum recession, chipping, or teeth grinding, or would just like to replace any discoloured existing fillings, please speak to our dentists about composite bonding.

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Composite Bonding FAQs

What is composite bonding, and how does it differ from other cosmetic dental procedures?

Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves applying a tooth-colored resin material to improve the appearance of teeth. It is a non-invasive option that does not require the removal of significant tooth structure, unlike procedures such as veneers or crowns.

What are the common issues that composite bonding can address?
Composite bonding can effectively address issues such as chipped or cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, tooth discoloration, misshapen teeth, and minor alignment concerns.

Is composite bonding a painful procedure?
No, composite bonding is generally not painful. It is a minimally invasive procedure that often does not require anesthesia. Patients may experience some mild sensitivity during or after the treatment, but it is typically well-tolerated.

How long does a composite bonding procedure typically take?
The duration of a composite bonding procedure varies depending on the complexity and the number of teeth being treated. On average, it can take up to 1 hour per tooth.

How long does composite bonding last?
The longevity of composite bonding can vary based on factors like oral hygiene and dietary habits. With proper care, it can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years or more. Periodic touch-ups may be needed to maintain the results.

Is composite bonding suitable for everyone?
Composite bonding is suitable for many patients; however, it may not be the best option for those with severe dental issues or for those who grind their teeth. A consultation with a dentist is essential to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Will composite bonding stain or discolor over time?
Composite bonding materials are stain-resistant, but they can still become discolored over time due to exposure to staining substances like coffee, tea, or tobacco. Regular dental cleanings and avoiding excessive consumption of staining agents can help maintain the bonding’s appearance.

Can I eat and drink normally after composite bonding?
You can typically eat and drink as usual after composite bonding. However, it’s advisable to avoid extremely hard or sticky foods that could potentially damage the bonded area. Maintaining good oral hygiene is also essential for long-lasting results.

Is composite bonding reversible?
Unlike some other cosmetic dental procedures, composite bonding is reversible. If you decide to have the bonding removed, your natural teeth will be underneath and generally unaffected.

How do I care for my teeth after composite bonding?
Proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, are crucial for maintaining the longevity of composite bonding. Dentists may also recommend using a non-abrasive toothpaste.

How much does composite bonding cost?
The cost of composite bonding varies depending on the number of teeth being treated and the complexity of the procedure. A consultation with a dentist is necessary to provide a personalized cost estimate.

Do you offer financing options for composite bonding treatments?
Yes, we offer financing options to make composite bonding more affordable for our patients. Please inquire about our payment plans during your consultation.

If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation for composite bonding, please feel free to contact our dental practice in West London, and we will be happy to assist you further.