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What is cosmetic bonding?

What is composite bonding? 

Composite bonding, also known as cosmetic bonding, is a dental procedure that uses tooth-coloured composite resin to repair cracks, chips, discoloration and gaps in the teeth. The process involves using a specially formulated composite material which is applied to the tooth and then shaped to correct any imperfections. It can be used to alter the colour, shape and size of teeth in order to improve their appearance. The entire procedure typically takes about an hour and does not require local anaesthetic or drilling.

Is composite cheaper than veneers or crowns?

The cost of cosmetic bonding depends on the extent of treatment needed and the complexity of each individual case. Generally speaking, it is less expensive than other treatments such as porcelain crowns or veneers. The dentist would give you a quote depending on how many surfaces of the tooth and how many teeth is required.

What is the procedure for composite bonding?

The process involves the application of a tooth-coloured composite resin material to the surface of the affected tooth or teeth. The composite material is shaped and sculpted by the dentist into a desired form before it is hardened and polished using a special light.

The procedure for composite bonding typically takes one visit to complete.

Can you have composite bonding with gum disease?

The answer to whether you can have composite bonding with gum disease is yes, but only under certain conditions. If your gum disease has been treated and is stable, then you can proceed with the composite bonding procedure. If your gum disease is not stable a dentist would not recommend composite bonding until your gum health improves. When composite treatment is done it needs a dry surface to bond to the tooth, if you have bleeding gums this treatment will not work. This is why gum health will be checked by the dentist prior to treatment. 

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