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Composite bonding, which was a forerunner to veneers, is coming back into popularity with dental patients around the globe, as it offers the same advantages without waiting time or cost.
When you come to see our team at Spa Dental Parramatta, our cosmetic dentists will be more than happy to discuss the procedure of having composite or dental bondings attached to your teeth and will answer any queries that you have about aftercare too.
So, with that in mind, what are some of the most common questions that we are asked about cosmetic bonding? Read on to find out!
Composite bonding is a dental treatment during which a resin matched to the shade of enamel is applied to the surface of a tooth and then hardened using a special light. The resin is used to repair chips or cracks or to alter the shape or colour of the tooth. The procedure is minimally invasive and can be completed in a single visit to our dental surgery. It is often used as an alternative to more invasive and costly procedures such as veneers or crowns, and it is also more affordable!
Composite bonding is generally not an uncomfortable procedure. However, the tooth may be sensitive for a short period of time after the bonding has been applied. If you are concerned about discomfort during the procedure, you can discuss the use of a local anaesthetic with our team and we will be able to numb the area around the tooth to minimise any discomfort.
The lifespan of composite bonding can vary, but it is generally less durable than other restorative treatments such as crowns or veneers. On average, dental bonding fixtures last for about 3 to 10 years before they may need to be repaired or replaced. The longevity of the treatment can be affected by the location of the fitting and function of the bonded tooth, your oral hygiene habits, and the skill of the dental professional who applied the bonding. If it was our team, there should be nothing to worry about in that department! Proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, and avoiding habits such as biting on hard objects can extend the life of the procedure.
Composite bonding is generally a gentle and beneficial dental treatment with a low risk of complications. As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and complications to be aware of. These can include an allergic reaction to the material used in the bonding process, as well as sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures in the bonded tooth. There may be fractures or chipping of the bonded material, as well as staining or discolouration of the bonded material. It is also important to see our team every 6 months, so we can assess whether or not cavities are forming under the composite bonding, which can obviously have a negative impact on your oral health.
Composite bondings are not stain-proof, but they are resistant to staining. The resin used in composite bondings can become stained by certain foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. However, the staining is generally not as severe as it is with natural enamel, and it can often be removed with professional cleaning.