Composite Build Ups
White (composite) fillings bond brilliantly to teeth and because of this, composite can be used to change the shape of teeth without any drilling to the teeth. In this way we can close unsightly gaps between teeth, lengthen shorter teeth and replace tooth structure that has been lost through grinding or acid attack.
The teeth are simply etched with a mild acid to make the enamel accept the bonding agent and the composite applied in layers. Different shades of composite are used to match the patient’s teeth so they blend seamlessly with the surrounding tooth structure. The process can be done without numbing and the tooth underneath remains completely intact. The composites can be easily repaired and polished over in future years. This technique is a particular favorite of the dentists at Acorn Dental Practice as it is minimally invasive and, since it involves no laboratory costs, is much cheaper for the patient. It can be used following whitening the teeth for those patients who are also not happy with the colour of their teeth.