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  • Composite Bonding Battersea London

Composite bonding Battersea, London

What is composite bonding?

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:

  • Improving teeth alignment
  • Restoring decayed teeth
  • Treating worn-down teeth (for example, if you have acid erosion or you grind your teeth, their edges may seem very jagged).
  • Improving the size, shape, and colour of your teeth
  • Repairing fractured teeth
  • Closing the gaps between teeth; a common and noticeable problem in front teeth
  • Smile makeovers after other treatments, such as Invisalign

What are the benefits of composite bonding over other treatments?

  • Less preparation: composite bonding requires less tooth preparation before treatment, as opposed to the longer preparation needed for procedures such as crowns. This means you spend less time in the dental chair, and need to take less time out of your schedule to visit the clinic.
  • Fast and effective: composite bonding can often be completed within a single visit, especially in simpler cases. It restores teeth to their natural appearance instantly, and patients leave the chair with a new smile!
  • Cost effective: composite bonding is considerably less expensive than ceramic restorations such as veneers and crowns, and insurance may cover some of the cost of the procedure. It is also easier and cheaper to repair bonding compared to other restorations, therefore making it easier to maintain. This also saves money in the long-term and makes composite bonding a very worthwhile option at all budgets.
  • Easily adjustable: composite bonding composite bonding is relatively easy to adjust and re-shape, depending on your preferences or clinical needs.
  • Appearance: The bonding material is identical to the colour of natural teeth, so this treatment enables us to give you the most natural and real smile possible.

Bonding in Battersea:

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.

How does the process work?

  • Consultation: In the initial consultation, we perform a thorough examination to ensure composite bonding is suitable for your needs; based on your preference, budget and wishes.
  • Planning: our planning stage will involve taking everything that will be required for your treatment; this may include your dental photographs, x rays and impressions.
  • Trial smile: we also perform a preliminary review of the expected result for complex cases. This gives you a preview of the expected result. At this stage, you can see how your teeth will look after treatment, and we can make amendments accordingly.
  • Composite bonding: the composite material is then added to your tooth, and bonded with a strong light. This hardens the material and incorporates it into the tooth structure.
  • Polishing: the composite material is shaped and polished, to smoothen it and make it resemble a natural tooth.
  • Review: the treated teeth are closely scrutinised, and adjustments are made if necessary.

Some frequently asked questions on composite bonding:

What is the procedure?

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.

How do I know composite bonding is for me?

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.

Does it hurt?

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.

Do my teeth need to be drilled?

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.

How much does composite bonding cost?

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.

How long does composite bonding last?

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.

What should I do to care for my composite bonding?

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.

Is booking a consultation appointment necessary?

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.

To book a consultation for composite bonding in Battersea, London
call us on 020 7585 0066.