Composite bonding is a very safe and conservative procedure since it is an additive process and requires only minimal (if any) reduction to the natural tooth.
The main risk related to composite bonding is the maintenance requirement of the material. The material requires polishing every 6 – 12 months in order to ensure the best appearance and can also require repair work from time to time. This work can be carried out with relative ease and is often very straightforward however.
Polishing of the material is carried out by our in house hygienist and is therefore the cost of a visit with our hygienist (please see price list). Repairs will be carried out Dr Roberts and can vary depending on severity; prices can range from £200.
Current research suggests composite bonding to last between 5 and 7 years for the average patient. As outlined above, its longevity is very much determined by the engagement with the prescribed maintenance programme and the lifestyle of the individual. Patients that grind their teeth, smoke, consume high levels of alcohol or have a high intake of dietary sugars should expect a reduced lifespan of treatment provided.
Failure of the material prior to 12 months would be covered under a guarantee. If the material fails after this point, and requires reparative work, this will not be covered under guarantee and an additional cost will be incurred.
Composite material retains its aesthetic and functional properties for a finite amount of time and therefore should not be considered to be lifelong. When the material nears the end of its lifespan, it will require removal and replacement; this is known as the replacement event.
The replacement event can either involve replacement of the material like for like or alternatively proceeding with a porcelain replacement. However, it is not possible to remove the material and revert back to the original tooth structure since it will not possess its original surface characteristics.
Porcelain veneers are an alternative to composite bonding. The advantages of porcelain is that it does not demand the same degree of maintenance and has an improved life expectancy. Having said that, porcelain veneers are more invasive than composite bonding since preparation and removal of healthy tooth is often required before placing a veneer. Further to this, porcelain veneers are more expensive in comparison.
At Glencairn Dental Practice Group we aim to provide high quality treatment in a relaxed and friendly environment. Committed to the National Health Service, all aspects of NHS and private treatment are available.