A shiny smile brings joy to those around you, but most of all to yourself. But our teeth have evolved in a way that may not be suitable for the longer life expectancy that most civilized societies enjoy today. But it is not feasible to implant your partially chipped or stained teeth, and most superficial damages to your teeth can easily be accommodated with composite bonding. While it may not last your whole life, it is relatively cheap to perform and will hold up somewhere between 3-7 years, depending on various factors such as the quality of the material your dentist uses, personal variables like your diet, chewing patterns, and even the PH of your saliva. We’ll get more into details in this article to help you make a more educated choice.
Tooth Bonding, the 007 of dental procedures
While composite bonding sounds rather complicated, it is a rather quick and painless procedure that can be completed in just one sitting, and it takes a relatively small amount of time to perform, between 30 minutes up to an hour. The process involves the use of composite resin material to cover the exposed part of the teeth or fill the gaps or cracks that the patient may suffer from. Your dentist will choose a color that most closely resembles your teeth’ natural color, so once the process is done there is little observable difference between the composite segment and your teeth.
However, the material is not as resilient as natural teeth; it can wear off, shatter on impact, or get stained with coffee over time. The average duration of a composite bonding case is 5 years, but this number can be significantly increased, that is if you make an active effort to preserve the structural integrity of the bonding material. the longevity of your composite bonding also depends on where it is installed in your mouth, for example, composite bonding placed on the sides or back of your jaw will last longer, due to decreased exposure to heat and other damaging factors that the front teeth usually suffer from.
No More Amalgam, goodbye Mercury poisoning
Dental amalgam fillings will deteriorate over time and may release a vaporized form of mercury into your mouth, which will enter your system over time and may cause various health problems, and, indeed, ingestion of Amalgam may not cause any damages to your body, inhaling trace amount of this metallic poison could prove troubling in long term. The risk in absorbing amalgam is greater for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children less than 6 years old, patients with a history of neurological issues and kidney malfunction and could experience adverse effects of such poisoning. But these are the groups that are at high risk, and mercury poisoning can still cause fatigue and a range of minor or major issues for the patient, including mood disorders, a disturbance in their sleep pattern, and problems in visual and auditory perception.
Tips for Making Composite Bonding last longer
An obvious and rather cruel fact is, the genetic make-up of every individual is the final deciding factor in how long a composite bonding will last, and how natural it will look. But this is no excuse to let go of your dental care regiment or to give up your intention to get composite bonding for your tooth. While no good comes from crying over spilled milk, you can always start tomorrow, set an appointment with your dentist, and start protecting your teeth from further damage. Composite bonding can prevent extensive damage to your already decayed tooth or fractured tooth. If you do not act soon, a simple bonding procedure will not be enough, and you may have to resort to more complicated dental works.
To preserve your composite bonding and to prevent further damage to your teeth, there are certain tips to follow that could increase the longevity of your dental fillings for almost a decade, along with your natural teeth.
The classic methods are still recommended; brush your teeth regularly (at least two times per day) and floss. While the bacteria that cause tooth decay do not affect composite bonding, they can still damage the tooth supporting it, but beware not to over-brush or use hard brushes, and always use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Floss, and use the right technique, flossing in the wrong direction or with too much force can destabilize the composite bond or even cause it to fall off, making another trip to the dentist necessary.
This brings us to our next point, and that is regular check-up at a dentist’s office every 6 months, they can help you detect any issues with the bonding material or your teeth, making it easier to fix any upcoming issues before it gets to a critical and of course, expensive level that requires extensive dental work.
But a dentist visit will never be a solution to bad habits that are proven to cause tooth decay, and some of the leading causes are: smoking or chewing tobacco, chewing on hard candies, ice or ice cream, and your nails, especially putting that pressure on the composite bond. And let’s not forget one of the worst enemies of dental hygiene, sugary and acidic food and beverages.
Drinks like coffee, red wine, and tea and foods like curry may stain your teeth and the composite bonding, and while you may not avoid eating these foods, make sure you thoroughly rinse and clean your mouth and teeth after the consumption of such material. Better yet, you can avoid too much contact with your teeth by using a metal straw.
All in all, the procedure of dental bonding is a quick and easy fix to some of the worst cosmetic problems with your teeth, and it is less time-consuming than many common procedures that include amalgam bonding. and to that end, we offer one of the best prices and qualities of work for composite bonding in London.