Composite bonding is a fast, minimally-invasive, and cost-effective cosmetic dental treatment for correcting minor tooth problems such chips, fractures, gaps, decay, and discoloration. It can also be recommended as a cosmetic procedure to change the shape, size, and appearance of your teeth in order to enhance your smile.
What to expect
Composite resin is a tooth-colored material that is molded on the damaged tooth to help restore its natural look or improve its appearance. The American Dental Association (ADA) considers composite bonding a safe and effective dental treatment that has been particularly beneficial in the last 30-50 years.
If you’re a candidate for composite bonding, your treatment will start by preparing the site by removing some of the surface enamel to create enough room to place and mold the composite material. If the tooth is decayed, the infection will first be removed and the site thoroughly cleaned.
Afterwards, we will apply a bonding agent before adding the composite resin. The material will be carefully molded and shaped to give your tooth a natural appearance, after which it will be cured with a special light to harden the material and polished to finish the work. The entire procedure takes about 30 to 40 minutes for one tooth, and is completed in a single appointment.
Tooth preparation is done with etching to remove as little of your natural tooth as possible. No drilling is involved, and no anesthesia is necessary which is always a bonus. You can drive home immediately after the procedure.
With proper care and general oral hygiene, the repair should last 5 to 10 years.
Is composite bonding right for you?
Absolutely, if you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile. Composite bonding can be used to both repair damaged teeth and cover up stains and other defects to improve your smile. Composite bonding can:
Repair decayed, chipped, and cracked teeth
Protect exposed roots
Make teeth appear longer
Improve the appearance of discolored and decayed teeth
We recommend that you meet with Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Dang at Precision Dental in Garden Grove for a proper examination of your teeth and create your custom treatment.