A quick solution to damaged teeth: composite bonding Harley Street  

A tooth can become chipped or cracked from something hard that is eaten or due to a fall; either way, it may not be so severe that the damage requires major dental care. Composite bonding Harley Street may be the quicker and more convenient solution. This is a solution that normally only requires one visit and is non-invasive

Dental science, technology and dental art

Over the last few decades, advancements in dental science have produced many innovations to repair and replace teeth. Composite bonding allows the dentist to demonstrate some artistic flair as they match the resin to the colour of a patient’s teeth. They will also shape the resin to conform to the shape of the patient’s natural teeth. Bonding of the teeth is one of the easiest and least uncomfortable dental procedures and does not require any customised attention, unlike certain other options. There is also no need for anaesthesia unless the procedure involves filling a tooth cavity.

What conditions can composite bonding be used to correct?

Composite bonding can be used for filling a tooth as well as repairing cracked or chipped teeth. In certain instances, such as receding gums, when the root of a tooth has become exposed, bonding is used. There are also numerous cosmetic applications, such as improving the colour of a patient’s teeth. Spaces between teeth can be closed, and even the shape of teeth can be changed or lengthened.

What is the procedure?

After a careful examination and assessment, the dentist will discuss the procedure and the duration with the patient. Very little preparation is required as the teeth being treated do not require any drilling or filing. The dentist will recommend the colour of the resin that matches the normal tooth colour.

The next stage involves a slight roughening of the surface of the teeth to encourage better adhesion of the resin to the teeth. The roughening process is normally done using an acidic or conditioning compound. The composite resin resembles a putty-like mixture that is applied and then dexterously moulded to the desired shape. Then, using bright laser light, the compound is slowly hardened. Any additional trimming that is required will be done at this stage to achieve the desired shape and symmetry. Once the dentist is satisfied that the compound has hardened as required, the polishing will commence, which is done to match the existing normal teeth. The entire process takes around 60 minutes, depending on how many teeth are being treated.

Bonding does not have the durability of veneers; however, the procedure can be repeated numerous times without any damage to the teeth. To prolong the lifespan of the bonding, it would be recommended to change some habits, such as drinking caffeinated drinks and red wine, which can cause staining.

After care

It is always important to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene to ensure the longevity of teeth, and that is equally true when it comes to composite bonded teeth. Regular brushing, flossing and general dental care should always be of high importance.