Pros and Cons of Composite Bonding

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Dental science has developed amazingly in the last few decades and one of the best things that has happened is that you do not need to necessarily replace the tooth if it is damaged or crooked but you can go for a number of procedures like composite bonding, composite veneers or porcelain veneers. 

These are some of the treatments available for fixing a damaged tooth. Today, we’ll learn about one of these procedures which is called composite bonding. It is one of the easiest procedures which is easy to do and doesn’t require many visits to the clinic. 

Composite bonding is a procedure whereby a tooth-colored composite resin is sculpted and bonded onto the tooth, either covering parts of it or the whole surface like a veneer.

In this blog, we’ll brief you about the pros and cons of composite bonding so that it gives you an idea about whether to go for it or not.

Pros of Composite Bonding

1. Natural-Looking Results

One of the best things about composite bonding is that it gives the most natural-looking results which make it the best choice for patients. 

There are many choices available for a patient to go for, but when it comes to front teeth, one prefers something which isn’t very prominent or easily visible. 

Therefore, if you have the same concern, composite bonding is the best choice for you since it isn’t prominent because of its color which is matched exactly to your teeth color.

2. Minimally Invasive Treatment

Here’s another good thing about composite bonding. Many of the dental procedures demand extracting the tooth or removing a good amount of tooth. But, this isn’t the case with composite bonding. 

Here, you need to trim just a little part of the tooth hence the tooth is saved. This is another good thing about composite bonding which makes it highly preferable.

3. Composite Bonding is Cost-Effective

One of the best things about composite bonding is that it is extremely cost effective which means you don’t need to spend a lot of money for the procedure. 

This is one of the reasons that a lot of patients prefer composite veneers over the other veneers available. Those are definitely stronger than these but make you pay heavy bills. Hence, composite bonding becomes an easy substitute for the same.

4. Lesser Treatment Time

Composite bonding is something which won’t take much of your time i.e you do not need to visit the dentist again and again. 

This procedure doesn’t require a lot of waiting time hence is done in a single day. Therefore it is preferred over other veneer procedures.

5. Easy Maintenance

The material used in bonding is way easier to maintain compared to the materials used in other veneers. 

You just need to brush or floss your teeth regularly and these won’t ask you for any more maintenance.

Cons of Composite Bonding

The composite bonding doesn’t have any major cons. Patients who undergo this process usually give satisfactory reviews. However, there are a few cons as described under

1. Strength Issues

The composite bonding material is however very much preferred by the patients but when it comes to the strength part, it isn’t as strong as the crown material. This is one of the factors that distinguish composite bonding from others.

2. Less Stain Resistance

Compared to crowns, the composite bonding material isn’t very stain resistant. This material fades and changes color with time and thus requires replacing the bonding. This is a clear disadvantage over crown.

3. Easily Chip

As discussed already, the material used in composite bonding isn’t very strong hence may chip if not taken care of properly or if eaten something hard. Hence, more care is needed than other veneers.

4. Less Durability

The composite bonding is not as durable as other veneer options available. When we talk about durability we mean that after some years, one may need to replace the bonding. The other options available have longer durability.

Now that you have an idea about the pros and cons of composite bonding, you’ll now be able to make better choices in case the need arises in the future.

Dr. Narinder Dhadwal

Narinder is a Specialist Periodontist based in private practice. She qualified from St. Bartholomew’s & The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London in 2007. During her studies she was awarded the Harold Fink Prize for outstanding academic achievement.

Posted On : July 4, 2022




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