Composite bonding is a procedure where tooth-colored resin is used to restore and repair damaged teeth. This material is comparable to enamel in terms of durability, although it could be more robust. Typically, the composite material matches the tooth's color to blend in naturally. At Restoration Smiles: Adult & Pediatric Dentistry, we apply the material to the tooth's surface, molding it to the natural shape and contours, and then cured with a special light. This procedure is often performed as an alternative to amalgam fillings or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that receding gums have exposed. It can also correct minor cosmetic flaws in the teeth, such as chips and cracks. In some cases, composite bonding can fill small gaps between the front teeth. Once in place, the material bonds directly to the tooth's surface for a strong hold.
The tooth to be bonded will be cleaned of any plaque or tartar buildup and lightly etched to create a rough texture on the surface to which the composite material will bond. A putty-like resin will then be applied to the surface of the affected tooth, shaped as needed, and then hardened in place using an ultraviolet light. Once the material has cured, it will be filed and polished to resemble natural enamel as much as possible. If needed, minor adjustments can be made after the composite bonding procedure is completed to ensure optimal results.
One of the biggest reasons patients receive composite bonding is that it typically takes only one visit to complete the procedure. This means the patient can leave the office that same day sporting their perfect, brand-new smile.
Patients also love how painless this procedure can be, as no numbing solution is necessary before the process begins. However, if you are sensitive or worried about pain, you should discuss your concerns with our dentist before your appointment. Many dentists provide sedation dentistry options to help you overcome your anxiety during treatment.
Finally, another benefit of composite bonding is that it’s stain resistant. Your teeth will be polished after the procedure is complete, and this polish is designed to last for several years without chipping or wearing away. This means that your smile will stay white and bright throughout the years!
If you’re interested in learning more about composite bonding and how it can help you attain a healthy, beautiful smile, visit Restoration Smiles: Adult & Pediatric Dentistry at 2 Coolidge St Suite 202, Hudson, MA 01749 or call (508) 658-0661 to schedule a consultation today!
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