Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure which involves composites for the purpose of filling in teeth gaps and cavities and removing stains and discolorations. The composite is made of substances such as silicon dioxide and quartz which are bound together with the help of synthetic resin. The proper blend of substances will boost coloring, translucence, and toughness that match the teeth of the patient.

Unlike other methods that need laboratory settings, composite bonding is applied directly to the teeth. Firstly, the dentist will inject local anesthetic if such is deemed necessary. The composite requires a clean surface in order to bond. Therefore, the dentist will prepare the tooth surface by removing any accumulation of tartar or debris. He will select the most suitable shading in order to match the tooth coloring. Then, he will encapsulate the tooth with cotton rolls to keep it dry. The tooth will be roughened or shaped by the use of special dentistry tools. A phosphoric acid-based gel will be applied to the tooth surface so that the composite sticks. The dentist will lay the bonding agent and expose it to light. The aim is to harden the composite. Often times, the composite is applied in several layers of one to two mm until the desired shape is attained. Finally, the dentist polishes the tooth to give it a smooth and pleasant finish.

It should be noted that the composites are susceptible to staining and discoloration. Yet, the bonging may appear as good as new for fifteen years and longer. Patients with composite bonding should take proper care of it. On the other hand, each expert dentist is capable of resurfacing the composite so that the patientís smile receives a new touch of glamour. All dentists can carry out composite bonding. Yet, some professionals have extensive training and experience in the area of dental bonding. It is best to ask the practitioner about his past experience and work.

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