Composite bonding, also known as dental bonding, is a fast and effective solution for minor tooth damage including gaps, chips, fractures and discolouration. 

With composite bonding, a resin is attached to the tooth to restore its original appearance and hardened under a UV light. Composite bonding is usually completed with just one visit to the dentist, and is a non-invasive treatment that does not cause any further damage to the teeth. 

Composite bonding is not currently available on the NHS as a cosmetic treatment. However, here at Churchfield Dental Centre, we offer composite bonding as a private treatment. Get in touch with us for a consultation today, or continue reading this guide for more information.

What Is Composite Edge Bonding?

Composite resin can be applied to any part of the tooth. However, with composite edge bonding, the resin is only applied to the edges of the tooth.

If the edges of your tooth are damaged, composite edge bonding is the ideal solution for you. This targets the outer part of your tooth for a straight and even appearance.

What Are the Benefits of Composite Bonding?

So, what are the benefits of composite bonding? Let’s take a look.

  • Fast and Safe Treatment

Composite bonding is fast and safe. Requiring only one dental visit, the treatment can be completed in as little as one hour, making it extremely convenient. It is also non-invasive meaning it will not cause any further damage to the tooth.

  • The Perfect Smile

Composite bonding can significantly improve your smile. Take a look at our before and after pictures to see for yourself. 

  • No Needles

In most cases, you won’t need any injections for composite bonding.

  • Less Expensive than Alternative Treatments

Composite bonding is a lot less expensive than alternative treatments such as veneers. Depending on the damage, the potential cost of composite bonding is around £100 per tooth, compared to around £400 per tooth for veneers. 

  • Versatile

Composite bonding is a versatile treatment making it perfect for a range of tooth flaws including discoloration, chips, cracks and gaps.

How Long Does Composite Bonding Last?

On average, composite bonding lasts around 5-10 years, depending on your eating habits and the location of the tooth. Although the material is hard, it is not as durable as your teeth and can stain, wear-down or chip overtime. 

Your composite bonding’s lifespan will depend on whether you effectively manage your oral health with regular brushing and flossing. However, if you find that your composite bonding is beginning to chip or appear discoloured, at Churchfield Dental Centre we can replace or repair the affected area. 

To help your composite bonding last a long time you should:

  • Clean your teeth twice a day
  • Use floss/a flossing device once a day
  • Use a non-abrasive toothpaste that contains fluoride 
  • Avoid chewing on non-edible items e.g. pens
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid overly sugary foods and fizzy drinks
  • Have regular dental check-ups

Composite Bonding Process and Recovery Time

With composite bonding, the dentist will roughen the surface of the tooth, and then apply a liquid that helps the resin to bond to the tooth. A tooth-coloured composite resin is then attached to your existing tooth to change the shape, size or colour and then hardened with an ultraviolet light.

There is no recovery time involved with composite bonding. You will not feel any pain, and can go back to work or drive immediately after the procedure. 

What Are the Alternatives to Composite Bonding?

If composite bonding isn’t for you, then there are other options including:

Both of these alternatives can cause damage to the teeth. A veneer is a custom-made porcelain shell which is bonded to the front of the tooth, used to cover gaps and correct minor misalignments. Similarly, a crown is a custom-made cap which is placed over the entire tooth. However, to have crowns or veneers you will need your teeth trimming. 

Booking Your Consultation

 Here at Churchfield Dental Centre, we’ll talk you through a full range of possible treatments including composite bonding, veneers and crowns, making sure we get the best treatment for your specific circumstances. Call our Barnsley team today on 01226 771471.

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