Composite BondingThis very common dental procedure is used under certain circumstances in which a person's tooth receives minor damage such as small cavities, cracks or chips. Even excessive staining can be addressed with this method. It is a fairly inexpensive and relatively pain-free procedure that can be performed quickly and in the office during a single visit. There is no waiting around for a mold to set or coming back to a cap to put on. Composite bonding can save a person a lot of time and money over other more costly and more invasive dental procedures. Minor dental repairs can be achieved using this affordable method.
The Ins and Outs of Dental Composite BondingThe first step is to prepare the surface of the damaged section of the tooth by removing any decayed matter. A cleansing gel is then applied to the surface area to ensure it is thoroughly cleaned and dried. When the gel is completely removed, the tooth is dry and ready for the composite bonding material to be applied. The quick and simple preparation process allows the composite material to effectively adhere to the tooth. A firm bond will enable the composite to stay strong. Once it is applied, a dentist will mold the composite material using specialized instruments to ensure the tooth will have a seamless and natural look to it.
It is now time for the curing part of the process. A specialized, hand held tool will apply light to the surface so that the composite material will harden quicker. Once hardened, the final part of the composite bonding process can be completed. A dentist will then polish and buff the area to ensure it does not have any sharp points or jagged edges. Once the repaired tooth has been smoothed, it is then buffed out to make it shine like the other teeth around it. The final results are aesthetic and durable.
A Safe and Affordable OptionComposite bonding is able to provide an affordable option to various dental repair needs. Often times, when cavities form in between front teeth or a chip has occurred, people can become insecure about their smile. This adequate solution can allow a person to leave the office with confidence and assurance that their problem has been fixed. In some cases, anesthesia is not even needed to restore a confident smile. Peace of mind comes from most insurance companies covering this less expensive and less invasive restorative measure.
Who Should Not Have A Composite Bonding Procedure DoneThis dental procedure is not for everyone. It is not recommended for those who smoke, as the smoke can cause staining on the composite material, leaving unsightly discoloration. It is also not an option for those requiring a root canal, crowns or other major restorative procedures. The composite material is not quite as enduring as crowns or veneers so there may be a higher rate of chipping. It eventually may need to be replaced. To ensure the longest life possible, good oral hygiene is required.
Taking care of the repaired tooth is easy. The composite bonding method of tooth repair allows people to continue to floss efficiently. And brushing can be done as if there was never a problem in the first place.
Dental composite bonding can provide the solution to your dental needs. If there are concerns pertaining to the cost involved, time constraints or even pain do not wait until the problem becomes worse. Call our office so that we are able to discuss different options that may be available to you before even greater measures for repair will need to be taken.
For more information on dental bonding, contact our office at (512) 643-6060.