Bonding (Composite Resin Bonding)

Composite resin bonding is the dentist first choice when it comes to placing dental fillings in most areas of the mouth. It can be used to restore chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps, fix cavities and reshape or recolor your smile. The great advantage of composite resin is the ability to place fillings on the same day and to provide aesthetic fillings that can be sculptured and polished and where it’s colour can mimic your natural teeth. Bonded restorations are usually very conservative when it comes to reducing tooth structure, and can also be used to protect over exposed root surfaces in order to reduce tooth sensitivity.

The Procedure
An initial consultation with your dentist is required to assess your aesthetic and functional concerns and to determine the overall health of the tooth or teeth in question.

The dentist will prepare your tooth for bonding, and then incremental layers of composite resin will be placed to recreate or refine your teeth. A special light, operating at a specific wavelength, hardens the material, which is then adjusted and polished.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. How long does composite resin bonding last for?

A. Composite resin bonding can last a long time, however its longevity can be limited by factors like what the bonded filling was used for, where in the mouth it was placed, and how well it is cared for. If you place composite resin bonding on the biting edge of your front tooth, and you like to bite your nails or bite into carrots then undue stress may lead to premature failure. Composite resin Bonding will usually last for several years or more before needing repair, however, in some areas it can last for many more years with the proper care. Acid reflux or excessive consumption of fizzy drinks, acidic drinks or fruits can weaken the bond between tooth and filling, leading to micro leakage and failure. Teeth grinding can wear down these bonded restorations, but severe teeth grinding will also wear down your own enamel, along with silver fillings and porcelain restorations. With the proper care, bonding is a wonderful way to restore and improve your smile.

Contributed by Dr Michael Leong

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Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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