What is composite bonding?
This is similar to a veneer but rather than having something made in the lab, this treatment works by using a composite resin that is applied to the fronts of your teeth and this can all be done in the dental surgery.
What happens during the composite bonding procedure?
This treatment is usually done without anaesthetic. The tooth is prepared with a cleaning solution first, then a dental glue is applied to the tooth and set with a blue light. The composite resin is then applied in layers and sculptured to the tooth surface and again this is set with the blue light. Finally, the composite is polished down and the bite is checked to make sure it feels comfortable when you bite together.
What should I do after I have had the composite bonding done and how should I look after it?
After you have had the composite placed you can use the tooth as normal. As you won’t have had any anaesthetic then you can eat and drink as normal. Composite bonding is only applied to the front surface of the tooth so we advise against biting into any hard or sticky foods as they can increase the chance of the composite fracturing off. The tooth will still be prone to decay or gum disease like a normal tooth so we recommend that you maintain a good, regular oral hygiene regime. It is still possible to use floss or interdental brushes around the composite so try to do this at least once a day along with brushing for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. We advise that you see your dentist and hygienist regularly so that that tooth can be checked to prolong the life of the composite or catch any problems early.