A composite facing is made in one go. It is a thin plastic shield, somewhat comparable to an artificial nail that is applied to a tooth. A facing is usually applied to change the shape or color of the tooth.
What are the preparations for treatment?
First of all, you discuss with your dentist which end result you have in mind. The dentist will explain what is possible and perhaps show examples. A composite facing has its limitations, a very dark discolored tooth usually cannot be completely masked by a thin layer of composite. Your dentist can estimate this in advance and will discuss it with you.
It has been decided what the tooth will look like and the dentist will get to work.
As a preparation, cofferdam can be applied by your dentist.
Is the treatment painful?
Applying a composite facing is not painful. Normally, there is no need for anesthesia. The tooth is roughened up with a diamond stone, but this is so superficial that it does not hurt. The finishing treatment is also superficial and painless.
How often do I have to come to the practice?
You can make a composite facing in one session. It is possible that your dentist sends you home after the first treatment to get used to your new appearance, and makes some minor corrections in a second session.
What inconveniences can I expect during treatment?
Because the dentist must always view the result in relation to the rest of your teeth, you will be raised a few times from the horizontal position. The adhesive layer of the composite has a bad taste.
The tooth is first cleaned with a brush with cleaning agent. A thin "shell" is then ground off the glaze to make room for the facing. If the tooth to be treated is positioned slightly backwards relative to the other teeth, this can often be omitted. The tooth is then only roughened somewhat. This is done with a diamond grindstone. The roughened part is pre-treated with an acid or primer to increase adhesion. The tooth is now prepared to apply composite.
A layer of glue is applied to the roughened glaze, which is cured by means of the light-curing lamp. A first thin layer of composite is applied, which is then cured with light. This first layer can be a so-called "opaque", an opaque layer, to mask any discoloration in the tooth. Thereafter, more composite is applied in layers until the desired tooth shape and color are obtained. When the facing is ready and as desired, the composite is polished to a high gloss.
Which additional objections can I expect?
There are usually no additional objections. If the tooth was very discolored and now fits nicely with the other teeth, you will only be happy that you have undergone the treatment.
A natural looking tooth that you can use just like your other teeth. Wait for an hour with food and drink after treatment to allow the composite to cure completely.
Alternatives and pros and cons
- The facing can also be made from porcelain;
- A crown can also be placed on the element.
Advantages of composite:
- Not expensive;
- Requires only one treatment;
- The end result is easy to adjust by grinding or supplementing.
Cons of composite:
- Wears harder than your own teeth;
- Discolors over time, especially if you smoke;
- You can be allergic to it.