Composite bonding is a process in which a modern, enamel-like resin material is attached to the surface of your teeth. This resin is hardened by our doctors, filling up any cracks and cavities in your enamel and allowing dentists to cover up problems like discolored or chipped teeth, blemishes or scratches on dental enamel or other problems that negatively impact your smile.
While veneers require the removal of a microlayer of enamel, composite bonding usually doesn’t require any preparatory dental work. Also unlike veneers and crowns, bonded resin is malleable, which means it can be applied instantly without a technician or laboratory.
All of these things make composite bonding an effective way to restore the look and function of your natural teeth. It can be used as a long-term solution for:
- Non-impact surfaces (i.e. sides of your teeth)
- Cosmetic reasons
- To adjust the shape or spacing of teeth
- As a stopgap measure that’s applied while veneers, implants and/or crowns are being created.
Living with Composite Bonding
When people think of “resin”, they usually think of materials that are soft and pliable. As a result, you may have the illusion that composite bonding isn’t durable. Nothing could be further from the truth! In reality, the dental-grade resin used at clinics like ours is very similar to enamel in feel and form. Once we harden it using special medical equipment, it can last for years and decades.
It is recommended that impact surfaces like the tip of an incisor tooth be treated with harder materials like porcelain or metal; however, composite bonding is perfectly fine for most other teeth. It’s important to avoid certain foods and activities in the first few days after getting your prosthetic and your dentist will brief you on these in detail. Outside of that, life with composite resin is easy!
First, your doctor will evaluate the condition of your teeth. Sometimes, what looks like a simple problem – like a discolored tooth – can actually require extensive fixing. If that’s the case, you will be advised away from composite resin and towards a different solution.
Usually, a visual evaluation is enough. Sometimes, a doctor will decide a digital X-ray is required, and possibly recommend that a microlayer of enamel be removed to make space for the composite resin. After these steps, your dentist will apply the composite resin to your tooth and harden it with a special light. After that, you can go on enjoying your life!
To learn more about composite bonding and find out whether it’s right for you, call us at (732) 290-1660. Our operators are always ready and willing to answer your questions – and they’ll let help you figure out if the procedure is right for you, then book an appointment if necessary.