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Do you have any teeth that make you want to hide your mouth when you smile?
Just one unsightly tooth could make you feel too embarrassed to laugh and smile freely.
At Allsopp Dental, we can improve the appearance of such teeth with a subtle yet very effective cosmetic restoration called a composite build-up. This treatment is also known as composite bonding, or even just dental bonding.
A dentist will enhance your smile by shaping and bonding a small amount of composite dental material to a misshapen or discoloured tooth. ‘Building up’ your tooth with this resin-based material will help it look smooth, whole and even.
A composite build-up is a conservative and cost-effective restoration because the dentist does not have to significantly reduce your tooth to place the build-up. Composite build-ups are most suitable for upper front teeth, which do not experience a lot of chewing force.
Getting a composite build-up is a quick and pain-free process. You will not need any anaesthetic because the dentist will not be drilling deep into your teeth.
Here is what to expect:
The dentist will lightly shape your tooth to roughen up the attachment surface.
A conditioning liquid will be applied to your tooth to encourage the composite material to adhere.
Next, the dentist will apply a tooth-coloured composite resin putty to your tooth, shaping it to fill in and cover all imperfections.
Then, the dentist will use a special curing light to instantly harden the composite build-up.
Finally, the dentist will polish your new restoration so it blends seamlessly with the rest of your tooth.
Your treatment will be completed within just one appointment and you will be free to go about the rest of your day with no side-effects or discomfort.
Getting a composite build-up or two can transform your smile. Although the treatment itself is minimal, the results can be dramatic and you will enjoy:
We offer composite build-ups and other cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening right here at Allsopp Dental in Walsall.
Since they are cosmetic, composite build-ups are not covered on the NHS. However, we do offer them as an affordable private dental treatment here at Allsopp Dental.
There are no particular risks associated with getting a composite build-up as it is a conservative and routine cosmetic dental treatment.
A dental crown is designed to protect and reinforce your entire tooth while composite bonding is a purely aesthetic dental treatment. These treatments serve different functions so they are not usually interchangeable. Your Walsall dentist here at Allsopp Dental can help you find out which restoration is best-suited to your unique needs.
Your bonded tooth may last you as long as ten years if you take good care of it. Brush and floss daily, have regular dental cleanings and avoid biting down too hard on the tooth with a composite build-up.