What is a Composite Bond?
Composite Bonding is used to help to restore broken, chipped or cracked teeth. The bonding is made from a tooth colored putty-like resin or plastic which is shaped to the form of the original tooth and then hardened with a special UV light or laser. While not as durable as veneers or crowns, composite bonding is a inexpensive method for restoring damaged teeth.
What is the cost getting a tooth Composite Bonded?
The costs of getting a tooth composite bonded will depend on the dentist performing the procedure as well as your location but, the costs are generally fairly low when other options are considered. A patient can expect to pay between $100 and $400 per composite bond. Compare that with the $400 to $1500 price tag of other options such as veneers.
What are the benefits of Composite Bonding?
There are many benefits to composite bonding, making them ideal for patients with a range of other restorative options. First, unlike dental crowns or porcelain veneers, there is little to no preparation required with restoration through composite bonding. The procedure takes little more than 30 minutes and therefore can be an in office procedure saving the patient time and discomfort. Secondly, the procedure is non-invasive and therefore requires no anesthesia. Bonded sites are fairly durable, last up to ten years before needing to be repaired or replaced and the price per tooth is low enough to fit patients with a budget.
What are the risks with Composite Bonding?
As with inlays and overlays, the risks with restoration from composite bonding are minimal. Some bonding can have a tendency to not be stain resistant, making a bright white smile a little harder to maintain. The bonding itself, while strong, will not be as durable as veneers or crowns because of the materials used. With composite bonding there is also a risk of potential allergy if the patient is allergic to gold, silver or epoxy resin. Patients should contact their dentist if the experience any swelling, itching or blistering. The largest downside to composite bonding is the lifespan of the restoration. While some bonded sites have lasted up to 20 years, these cases are are rare. A patient can expect a composite bonded site to last up to 10 years with 5 years being the norm. Taking care not to bite down on hard foods such as candies will help improve the lifespan of the composite bonded site.