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What is Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is a cosmetic dentistry technique that uses a tooth-coloured composite resin material to fix imperfections in your teeth. The resin is applied to the tooth’s surface and then shaped and hardened with a special light. It’s a versatile procedure that can address a variety of dental issues.

Many dental techniques aim to improve dental aesthetics in colour, alignment, shape, position, size, and overall smile appearance. Today, one of the most common is dental bonding. Dr Eilis O’Hagan can help enhance your smile and confidence with a tooth-coloured composite bonding.

Uses of Composite Bonding:

  • Repairing Chips and Cracks: Composite bonding can easily conceal minor damage to the teeth.
  • Closing Gaps: Small gaps between teeth can be filled in, creating a more uniform look.
  • Reshaping Teeth: Composite resin can alter the shape or length of your teeth, improving their appearance.
  • Improving Tooth Color: While primarily used for structural repairs, composite bonding can also improve the colour of discoloured teeth.
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01. Who are candidates for composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a suitable cosmetic and restorative treatment for individuals looking to address minor dental imperfections such as chips, cracks, gaps, and discoloration, or for those wishing to alter the shape or length of their teeth for a more uniform smile. It is also an option for patients needing cavity fillings, wanting to replace old silver fillings for aesthetic reasons, or seeking to protect exposed tooth roots due to gum recession. While it is a versatile and minimally invasive option, it’s best to consult with a dentist to determine if composite bonding is the most appropriate solution for your specific dental needs.

02. Types of Composite Bonding

Discover the Transformative Power of Composite Bonding. We are proud to offer composite bonding, a gentle and reversible treatment that enhances the beauty and functionality of your smile without permanently altering your natural teeth. This conservative approach preserves your precious enamel and keeps your options open for future dental treatments, should you desire them.

Composite bonding comes in several forms, each designed to revitalise your smile:

  1. Direct Dental Bonding: This swift and effective treatment can often be accomplished in a single appointment, making it the perfect choice for those seeking immediate results. It’s the go-to solution for many of our patients.

  2. Indirect Composite Bonding: For those with more extensive dental needs, indirect bonding offers a robust solution akin to receiving dental crowns. It’s tailored for individuals with moderate to severe tooth damage where direct bonding may not suffice.

  3. Composite Veneers: An economical alternative to traditional veneers, our composite veneers provide a stunning cover for a range of dental imperfections, including stubborn stains and discolouration, ensuring your smile is nothing short of radiant.

What is a dental composite bonding procedure ?

Your path to a captivating smile begins with a personal consultation, where our dental team will explore your aesthetic goals. We’ll conduct a thorough examination with dental X-rays to ensure composite bonding is the right choice for you. If pre-existing conditions like gum disease are detected, we’ll address these first to set the stage for a successful bonding procedure.

The Art of Matching: Selecting the Perfect Shade

On the day of your bonding session, we’ll expertly select a composite resin shade that mirrors the natural colour of your teeth. This attention to detail is crucial for achieving a flawless, undetectable finish that enhances your smile’s natural beauty.

Preparation and Precision: The Bonding Process

Your dentist will prepare the tooth surface by gently roughening it and applying a conditioning liquid. This crucial step ensures the bonding material adheres securely to your tooth. Then, the composite resin is applied, moulded, and smoothed to perfection with an artist’s touch.

The Finishing Touch: Curing and Polishing

A special curing light hardens the resin, creating a durable bond with your tooth. The final step is a meticulous polish, giving your tooth a natural appearance and lustre that complements your overall smile.

Comfort and Convenience: The Patient Experience

The composite bonding process typically takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth and is surprisingly comfortable. Many patients are relieved to discover that the procedure is painless and usually does not require anaesthesia, as it avoids the areas of the tooth that are sensitive to pain.

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  • I was very impressed with the quality of work done on a front tooth filling that had fallen out along with half of one of my front teeth. Dr.O'Hagan refilled it and did cosmetic work on it so quickly and painlessly that I couldn't believe she was finished. Top notch work and fairly priced!

    Caroline Mullan Avatar Caroline Mullan
    January 19, 2023
  • I have visited so many dentists in Galway, mainly because I am a very nervous patient. I could never find a dentist who had the patience and manner I needed to get me to come back for the next appointment, until I discovered Dr. Eilis O'Hagan. She is exceptional - both for her expertise and character. She is second to none and I have certainly done the research. I recommend her to all my friends and family 🙂

    Mary Magrath Avatar Mary Magrath
    January 19, 2018
  • Excellent and very professional dental care. Dentist put me at ease and talked me through the procedure. Would definitely recommend to others.

    Ciara Mc Bride Avatar Ciara Mc Bride
    January 19, 2016
  • Very good! Thank you very much

    Chris Zalwertл Avatar Chris Zalwertл
    January 19, 2018
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What to expect after composite bonding

Our esteemed dental professionals emphasise the importance of maintaining excellent oral hygiene for a healthy mouth. To support the longevity of your composite bonding and overall oral health, they advise brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Additionally, they recommend regular visits to Galway Dentists for checkups and professional cleanings to keep your smile at its best.

No Downtime, Immediate Return to Daily Life

One of the great advantages of composite bonding is that it requires no recovery time. This means you can immediately return to your everyday activities, such as driving, working, and eating, without interruption.

Managing Sensitivity After Bonding

It’s not uncommon for some patients to experience tooth sensitivity following their composite bonding treatment. While this sensitivity is usually short-lived, lasting just a few days, we suggest avoiding extremes in temperature with your food and drinks and steering clear of overly crunchy or hard foods until the sensitivity subsides. For any discomfort, over-the-counter pain relief can be an effective remedy.

Adjusting to Your New Smile

After undergoing composite bonding, you might notice a slight difference in how your tongue and lips rest when your mouth is closed, which could temporarily affect your speech. Please don’t worry; this is a temporary sensation that should dissipate within a few hours as you acclimate to the feel of your enhanced smile.

If you have any concerns or require further advice post-treatment, our team at Galway Dentists is here to support you every step of the way. Your comfort and care are our top priorities.

What to expect

Facts about dental bonding

It depends on several factors, such as the number of teeth restored or treated and oral hygiene. Generally, they will need to be touched up or replaced if damaged.
Composite bonding is safe if you have excellent oral health.
The procedure can be reversed when desired because it doesn’t require enamel removal.
It doesn’t require drilling, anaesthetic, or any alteration to the tooth structure.

Benefits of Composite Bonding

  • Minimally Invasive: The procedure typically does not require the removal of tooth enamel, preserving more of the natural tooth structure.
  • Reversible: Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding can be removed or replaced without significant damage to the tooth.
  • Cost-Effective: It is generally more affordable than cosmetic dental procedures like veneers.
  • Quick Procedure: Bonding can often be completed in a single visit, making it a convenient option for improving your smile.
  • Improved Confidence: By enhancing the appearance of your teeth, composite bonding can boost your self-esteem and make you more confident in your smile.
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