Dental Tips Blog

Oct
30

Take Care of Your Bonded Tooth!

Posted in Bonding

Dental bonding is a fast, economical, and conservative way to give your smile an instant lift. Your dentist can fill a gap, repair a chipped tooth, or hide a deep stain in a front tooth by cementing a bit of restorative material to it.

Bonding works great as a cosmetic solution, but it’s not a strong restorative one. If you aren’t careful, you can easily damage your bonded tooth, weakening it even further.

What should you do to preserve this beautiful enhancement to your smile?

Practice Great Oral Hygiene

Excellent oral hygiene is not only good for your natural teeth, but it’s also the most effective way to preserve your dental restorations. Brush daily with a non-abrasive toothpaste, floss carefully around fillings placed between teeth, and use products that contain fluoride to strengthen the enamel of bonded teeth.

Avoid Foods That Stain

Dark-pigmented items like wine, soda, and curries can discolor the resin in bonding material. It kind of defeats the purpose if a pretty white cosmetic filling on a front tooth turns an ugly brown color.

Your Teeth Aren’t Tools!

Yes, your teeth are excellent tools for chewing food. That’s the kind of work they are suited for. But using your teeth to tear off tags or break into food wrappers is a sure way to jeopardize them or pop something off your tooth.

This is especially true for cosmetic or restorative dental bonding. A little too much pressure, and your bonded restoration can fracture right off, perhaps even taking a little more of your tooth along with it.

For more tips on making your bonding last for as long as possible, visit your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Royal Oak Family Dental
7101 NW 150th St. Suite 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
(405) 754-5941

Oct
16

Enamel Erosion: Do You Know the Signs?

Posted in Veneers

Enamel wear happens slowly and almost imperceptibly. Yet its consequences are too serious to ignore. Despite tooth enamel being the toughest substance in your body, it can rapidly disappear thanks to a few of your favorite foods.

Some common contributors to worn enamel include:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Juice
  • Soda
  • Sports drinks
  • Sweets
  • Simple carbs (think junk food)
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Teeth grinding habit
  • Stomach acids (frequent vomiting or acid reflux)

Here’s what to look for if you think your enamel might be in danger.

Yellowing Teeth

Darkening teeth are often a sign of staining. But a distinct yellow hue can indicate that the enamel has thinned out to reveal more of the dark dentin. You may notice isolated yellow spots in areas exposed to the heaviest wear.

Increased Sensitivity

As you lose enamel, your teeth lose the insulating layer that protects the nerve chamber. Teeth usually become sensitive after losing some enamel.

Flattened Chewing Surfaces

Teeth typically have a variety of bumps and ridges. But if they take on a squared-off look, that means they’re grinding too much against their opposing neighbors.

Translucent Edges

As enamel thins out, the chewing edges of your front teeth may start to look a little clear or bluish. This enamel is very brittle.

White Spots

Also known as areas of decalcification, white spots are very prone to developing decay since the enamel has lost so much strength there. These chalky patches are not reversible and actually need extra protection against cavities.

Treatment Options

Fortunately, there are various treatment options for treating teeth damaged by tooth enamel erosion including bonding, porcelain veneers and crowns.

Plan a smile consultation with your local dentist to find out what you should do to prevent further loss of tooth enamel and to repair teeth with eroded tooth enamel.

Posted on behalf of:
Atlantic Dental Partners
729 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 390-8484

Aug
30

Do You Need a Crown If You Chipped a Front Tooth?

Posted in Crowns

Front teeth can fracture quite easily. Sometimes, it’s blunt trauma to the face from a car accident or a football. In other cases, the enamel was already weak and a piece snapped off when someone went to bite into a burger.

However it happened to you, you’re now concerned with making it look like a whole tooth again before someone gives you an unpleasant nickname.

Your dentist will give you a few treatment options and help you decide on the one that will save your tooth for as long as possible.

Treatment Options For Chipped Teeth

Dental bonding and veneers are just as common as crowns for repairing nicks in the enamel. In fact, your dentist may feel that your case merits the most conservative option possible.

A very minor procedure with bonding (which usually doesn’t even require anesthesia) won’t take away much more tooth structure. Veneers are a little more invasive, but they provide more complete protection.

When To Get A Crown

A lot of structural loss in the tooth usually merits getting a full dental crown. Not only can it completely patch up your tooth, but it will protect it from decay and bite pressure.

How Bad Is It?

Whichever treatment you get will simply be determined by the extent of the fracture. If it was deep and involved the nerve chamber, you may even need a root canal.

But the next time a chipped-tooth emergency arises in your life, don’t panic! Call your local dentist who will see you as soon as possible. You won’t leave the office without something on your tooth!

Posted on behalf of:
Heritage Dental
23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 709-2429

Sep
20

3 Cosmetic Dental Treatments with Restorative Benefits

Did you know that there is often a fine line between cosmetic and restorative dentistry? The look and function of your smile are so closely connected that many procedures overlap in their purpose.

Let’s take a look at three examples of this.

  1. Dental Bonding

A fast method for restoring chipped front teeth is called “bonding.” Some tooth-colored putty is shaped to a fractured tooth to complete its shape. The putty is cured with a light and then the entire restoration is polished to a finish.

You could have some bonding done because you fractured off a piece of your tooth. This treatment restores your tooth’s shape but it’s also cosmetic because it isn’t always necessary for the tooth to stay healthy.

  1. Dental Implants

A dental implant is usually seen as an elective and unnecessary procedure. But an implant doesn’t merely fill in the gap like a dental bridge does. Instead, it stands in as a replacement for an entire tooth, root and all. The implant helps maintain tooth alignment, preserves bone in the jaw, and restores the bite.

  1. Inlays and Onlays

Also considered indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are strong semi-crowns that are designed outside of the mouth. These completed pieces are then cemented into a prepared place. Inlays and onlays are commonly made from tooth-colored materials, these days.

Indirect fillings are durable solutions for restoring decayed and chipped teeth, but also gives them an element of subtlety. No one would notice that you have a large filling on a tooth!

Your dentist will help you strike a balance between beauty and function when you select cosmetic treatment. Schedule a smile evaluation today!

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Sep
8

Will Dental Bonding Be Enough?

Posted in Bonding

When you chip a front tooth, you’re probably worried about getting it fixed as fast as possible!

Not many people care to be seen with a goofy little gap in their smile. If that describes you, then you will want to find the restorative solution that’s fast, beautiful, and durable.

Have you given any thought to dental bonding? Bonding is known for being fast and enhancing the look of a fractured tooth in a very natural way.

Sometimes, however, dental bonding just won’t quite cut it.

How Bonding Works

When your dentist bonds a chipped tooth, he or she applies a tooth-colored material to the gap, shapes it, cures it, and polishes it. The process is very fast, but the restoration is only a patch on an old quilt. Bonding is not meant to bear up under the heavy weight of a bite.

Although bonding will work on most front teeth, it’s also good for shallow repairs. If your tooth suffered damage close to the nerve chamber or bears a lot of weight during chewing, then bonding won’t be enough.

What Are Your Options?

If a front tooth is damaged enough, it needs a crown to stay together. A crown will seal off the entire tooth from threat of decay. Additionally, a crown provides the structural support that bonding does not.

A crown isn’t the answer for every case! If you have a chipped tooth but damage isn’t too deep, you might even go ahead and smooth out the entire tooth with a dental veneer.

Is bonding, a veneer, or a crown right for you? Contact your dentist today to find out!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Aug
19

The Differences Between Veneers and Bonding

You could say that cosmetic dentistry has a lot of room for artistic freedom. If you want to make aesthetic changes to your smile, you have a variety of options to work with. A couple of these include dental bonding and veneers.

It’s true that these procedures both correct cosmetic problems in front teeth. But these procedures are not one and the same!

The Difference in Purpose

Dental bonding is when your dentist shapes a tooth-colored putty to your tooth. This helps even out a chipped area. Veneers achieve the same goal of making a tooth look more even, but in a cosmetic way. A veneer is a thin shell that is cemented over the entire front of your tooth. Your tooth may have to be trimmed down for this.

Bonding is a quick-fix for the damaged corner of a tooth. If you’re unhappy with the color or texture of your entire tooth, however, then a veneer will correct a larger area by covering it up.

The Time and Expense Difference

When you compare veneers and bonding, bonding is:

  • Cheaper
  • Faster
  • And easier

..than having veneers placed. Veneers require a couple of appointments for impressions and fittings. It takes more time to have veneers placed, but they will likely last longer than bonding will.

Which is Right for You?

Whether you choose veneers or bonding depends mainly on what your tooth needs. A severely damaged tooth will probably need a crown. You might be able to go with either bonding or veneers, leaving the decision up to your budget and preference. If you want to improve your smile, visit your local dentist to learn about the options that are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Cosmetic Dentist of Hayward
27206 Calaroga Ave #216
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 782-7821

Jul
31

I’ve Chipped My Front Tooth! What Should I Do?

Posted in Bonding

Front tooth injuries are very common. This is especially true for very active people like kids and athletes. But accidents can happen to anyone! It’s embarrassing to have a chipped tooth. What are your options for restoring it?

How Bad Is It?

See your dentist right away. If the fracture is deep enough, it could have damaged the sensitive nerve chamber within your tooth. In this case, you would definitely need a crown and even a root canal to save what is left of the tooth.

Your dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth to assess how far the damage has gone. He or she will also help you manage any accompanying discomfort. Next, you’ll discuss restorative options.

Veneer

A dental veneer erases any shallow chips on the edge of a front tooth. Veneers are typically thin porcelain shells that fit over the entire front surface of the tooth. If the chip isn’t too big, a veneer can make your tooth look normal again. However, it doesn’t provide much structural support.

Crown

As mentioned earlier, a crown may be necessary in serious cases. A full crown will help give your tooth a uniform appearance and is the best choice for restoring strength to your bite.

Bonding

Dental bonding is the most common method of touching up a chipped tooth. First, the dentist applies a special filling material to the edge of the fracture to even it out. The material is light-cured and then polished. Bonding won’t give your tooth the strength that a crown will because it’s just a patch-up, but it’s quicker and less invasive than a veneer.

The next time you experience a chipped-tooth emergency, contact your dentist immediately!

Posted on behalf of:
Brentwood Dental Group
2440 S Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 962-6643

 

Jun
23

Dental Bonding vs. Veneers

The dental terms “veneers” and “bonding” are not interchangeable. Four factors can help you to determine which procedure is right for you.

Process

Veneers are thin shells of a tooth-colored material like porcelain. They fit over the entire front and edges of a front tooth to give it a uniform surface. Veneers are custom-designed in a lab and placed at a later time.

Bonding is simply when the dentist carefully molds tooth-colored putty onto a portion of your tooth to even it out. The putty is cured with a light and polished to a smooth finish.

Time

Bonding is the best choice if an accident leaves you with a chipped front tooth. The tooth may be sharp against your tongue, sensitive to temperature, and make you self-conscious.

Dental bonding can be done in a matter of minutes so that your tooth is whole and protected. Veneers require more than one appointment to complete the process. Depending on the extent of the damage, you might consider replacing the bonding with a veneer later on down the road.

Expense

In comparison with tooth bonding, veneers are a much larger investment. But bonding will not last forever and may need to be updated a number of times. Veneers are more conservative than bonding and have lasted for upwards of ten years.

Purpose

Bonding is great for smoothing out a chipped or rough edge. Bonding can also protect exposed areas of tooth root. Veneers are entirely a cosmetic procedure. They can give your entire smile a boost if you have them applied to multiple teeth.

Talking with your dentist personally is the best way to determine which restorative and cosmetic procedures will make your smile glow. Schedule an appointment today!

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

Mar
6

Improving Your Smile: Dental Bonding vs. Veneers

Posted in Bonding

When you glance in the mirror, do you feel self-conscious about your smile? There are many options that can help to change that.  Two of the most popular are veneers and dental bonding, but which is the better choice for you?

Beautiful Porcelain Veneers

Veneers require more preparation of the tooth, but result in a dramatic smile transformation.  Veneers are very thin shells of porcelain covering the teeth, hiding your crooked, misshapen or stained enamel and even gaps between them.

Veneers are custom made to fit your smile.  The process begins with your dentist reshaping your concerned teeth to allow the veneers to be placed, without adding unwanted thickness.  Your veneers are then created in a dental lab, custom made to match the color and shape of your personal preference.  About two weeks later, they are bonded permanently to your teeth. Imagine, a perfect smile in just a few appointments!

Quick and Easy Dental Bonding

Like veneers, dental bonding masks imperfections in your smile.  Bonding uses the same composite resin used for tooth fillings. The resin material is color matched to your existing teeth and then applied by your dentist.  It can be molded and shaped, in office, and then bonded to the tooth with a special ultraviolet light that cures the resin.  This cosmetic therapy can fill gaps, hide cracked or misshapen teeth, brighten teeth or reshape them to be more pleasing. It is ideal for smaller, more localized concerns.

Which Option Is Right For Your Smile?

Dental bonding and veneers are both excellent options for creating an aesthetically pleasing smile, easily and quickly.  If you’re considering a smile makeover, call your dentist today and discuss which option is best for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Modern Family Dental Care
8505 Davis Lake Pkwy, Suite AB-3
Charlotte, NC 28269
(980) 248-2083

Jan
25

How Composite Bonding Can Make a Big Impact

Posted in Bonding

Bonding a tooth-colored material to your teeth to enhance your smile is a simple and fast way to correct your tooth’s appearance.  It’s an excellent way to compliment your smile makeover, or to address one or two problematic teeth.

Some common conditions for dental bonding include:

  • Closing gaps between front teeth
  • Creating evenly shaped teeth
  • An alternative restoration to metal fillings
  • Placed over roots for protection when gums have receded
  • Improve appearance for teeth that are discolored

What are the typical steps for a bonding procedure?

First, your dentist will carefully match the color of the bonding to your natural teeth. Unless the purpose for bonding is to restore a decayed tooth, dental numbing medicine is usually unnecessary. The tooth surface will be conditioned to open up the pores, so that the bonding material will adequately adhere to the tooth. Then, a tooth-colored putty is placed and formed to the desired tooth shape. Your dentist will use an ultraviolet light to harden the bonding permanently into place. Once cured, your dentist will trim and polish the bonding to the desired texture. The entire procedure usually takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete.

What are some benefits of dental bonding, besides restoring teeth and an attractive smile?

Dental bonding is less expensive than veneers.  It also has instant results as opposed to other restorations.  Also, bonding is reversible since very little (if any) tooth structure is removed during the procedure.

Do you have front teeth that need to be reshaped to improve your smile?  Are you considering dental bonding?  If you answered yes, call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
(770) 898-8872

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