Composite bonding is a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-coloured composite resin (filling material) is sculpted and bonded to existing teeth, either by covering parts of the teeth or the whole surface. Bonding is used for filling cavities, repairing fractures and making improvements to a patient’s natural teeth, often in a single appointment. This technique allows your dentist to restore and preserve your teeth with a material that resembles the natural shade.
Composite bonding has a wide variety of both cosmetic and clinical uses, including:
At Chatfield Dental Centre, we have a well-deserved national reputation for clinical excellence and giving our patients the smiles of their dreams. Two of our dentists have extensive additional certification in cosmetic dentistry, so you may be assured you are in the very best of hands. Dr Eskander and Dr Karimi have proudly completed hundreds of cases involving composite bonding between them, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and experience required to give you the result you want. At your initial consultation, we will be able to explain the options available to you in order to deliver the perfect smile.
Firstly, professional cleaning is carried out to remove any plaque or staining, after which the tooth is etched to roughen the surface microscopically. Then, after an adhesive is applied, a composite material is sculpted in layers. The material is fully set (hardened) using a bright light. Then, the restoration is shaped and polished to ensure it appears like natural teeth.
Composite bonding is primarily for patients who wish to improve the appearance of their smile, but don’t want to go through substantial restorative procedures such as placing veneers or crowns. Your dentist will assess your gums, teeth and bite to ensure composite bonding is suitable for you. This is why the initial consultation is so important in making a proper assessment and treatment plan.
Most cases are completely painless, because a material is simply being added to existing teeth. However, for complex cases or where large existing fillings are being replaced, there may be some pain. We will usually give a local anaesthetic injection to prevent this, so you do not need to worry about discomfort stopping you from achieving the smile you want.
The majority of cases won’t require any drilling, unless your are having a filling in which case your dentist may need to remove some tooth tissue. Your dentist will discuss this with you during your consultation.
Prices for composite bonding at Chatfield start from £295 and above, depending on your specific case. This treatment has the potential to dramatically change the appearance of your smile, so we believe our rates are very conservative for such high quality dental work.
Just like every other cosmetic material, composite bonding does not last forever and will need to be replaced. Generally, composite bonding will look at its best for around five years. With proper care in line with your dentist’s instructions, however, the bonding material can last longer than this and your smile will stay brilliant for some time!
We advise that you visit your dentist at least every six months, or at intervals they suggest, so that any tooth bonding can be assessed properly.
To ensure the longevity of any bonding used, it is essential to take care of it properly and in line with any instructions from your dentist. This usually involves brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and using floss or interdental brushes. Visiting your dentist regularly is also important. Following these instructions will ensure the bonding lasts as long as possible, and significantly reduces the likelihood of any failures or other issues.
Yes, initial consultations are very important. During your consultation, a full clinical examination will be performed while we discuss your concerns, talk you through the available treatment options, and plan how to give you the smile you want. Once the consultation is complete, we will provide you with an itemised quotation for the treatment, giving you an overview of the cost. The consultation also provides us with an opportunity to take sample photographs, radiographs (X- rays), and if needed, any impressions of your teeth. This will also mean you have a very clear idea, from the start, exactly how your teeth will look after treatment. Therefore, we always schedule a consultation before this type of treatment.
Please be aware that during the course of treatment, changes may occur to your dental status and health and it may occasionally be necessary to alter the treatment plan, or perform additional work. Our excellent dentists will always make you aware if this is the case and discuss the options fully.