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What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a dental treatment used here at Cheam Village Dental Studios to fill gaps, chips, and fractures in teeth. It offers a solution for minor damage in teeth, for any small gaps they may have between them, and can also sometimes be used to treat discolouration of teeth. With the help of our Dentist in Cheam, you can wave goodbye to the minor imperfections in your teeth and achieve a smile you’re proud of.

What is the procedure?


The procedure of getting composite bonding involves attaching a composite resin to the affected tooth and shaping the resin to restore the tooth’s original appearance. The resin colour is matched to the shade of your original teeth, giving your treated tooth a more natural look. Your Dentist in Cheam begins by slightly roughening the surface of your tooth to prepare it for the treatment, and then coating it with a liquid which helps the resin adhere smoothly. The resin is then applied and moulded into the desired shape, usually to match your remaining set of teeth, and then hardened using a curling light before being shaped again. Your dentist then polishes the tooth until it matches the rest of the tooth.


Maintenance


In order to care for and maintain your composite bonds, we highly advise that you avoid drinking hot beverages, smoking, and eating food that stains the teeth for 48 hours after the procedure is complete. It is also recommended to brush your teeth often and visit your dentist or hygienist regularly in order to maintain good oral health. In doing so, your composite bond will remain clean and unstained. Another way to maintain your composite bonds is to avoid biting or chewing on hard objects, such as pen lids or fingernails, as they pose the risk of chipping the resin used to create the composite bonds. The resin is not as strong as normal teeth so it is important to avoid damaging them.


Composite bonding and teeth whitening


Composite bonding is a good solution for staining of teeth and fillings; when used alongside teeth whitening treatments, composite bonding can help you achieve a whiter smile. It is recommended to have your teeth whitened to your desired shade before getting a composite bonding treatment so that the shade of the composite bonds can match the rest of your teeth as it is not possible to whiten it further after the treatment is complete.


Composite bonding and gum disease


Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place; if left untreated, your teeth are at risk of becoming loose or even needing to be removed. Your gums may have receded, causing spaces to appear between your teeth. Composite bonding offers a solution to this by masking the spaces, however if you are still suffering with gum disease, your Dentist in Cheam will first need to treat the gum disease before proceeding with the composite bonding treatment.


What are the benefits of having composite bonding done?


Alternatives to composite bonding include veneers and crowns; however, both of these cause some form of damage to teeth, with the damage caused by veneers being permanent. On the other hand, composite bonding is a quick procedure and less expensive than having veneers or crowns fitted and they are also easily repairable if they become damaged or broken.

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