Dental Tips Blog

Jan
25

How Composite Bonding Can Make a Big Impact

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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

Oct
25

What to Expect: Cosmetic Bonding

Veneers, fillings, crowns, bridges, bonding – are these terms a mystery to you? If so, you’re not alone. Many people are confused about what different dental restorations are used for. In this piece, let’s consider what bonding is used for and what you can expect from it.

Does Your Tooth Need Bonding?

If you are unhappy with the color, size, shape, or spacing of your teeth, then bonding may be the answer for you. Bonding is done to repair or enhance your tooth or teeth. A sturdy resin-based material is bonded to the tooth with a curing light, leaving your tooth with a whole and natural appearance.

How It’s Done

The dentist uses a shade guide to select the composite resin material that will most closely match your natural teeth. Because bonding is not replacing decayed tooth material, drilling and anesthesia are generally not needed. The tooth may be prepared, however, with a little roughening to encourage the resin material to adhere. A liquid preparatory agent is applied, and the resin is placed and shaped. The dentist will use a special light to set the material. Next, he will smooth and shape and polish it so that your teeth still fit well together when you bite and smile. The entire process takes less than an hour for each tooth.

Caring for Your Bonded Tooth

To get the most out of your bonded tooth, maintain a daily routine of brushing and flossing. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and an abrasives-free toothpaste. Be cautious of biting into hard foods with your bonded tooth. Talk to your dentist to learn whether cosmetic bonding is right for you and how to care for a bonded tooth.

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

May
29

Smoothing Uneven Tooth Edges

Posted in Bonding

Natural or not, uneven tooth edges can make your nearly perfect smile look like there’s something wrong. Thankfully, creating even edges on your teeth isn’t difficult at all. Tooth recontouring can be done using two different methods to create a smile that looks even from one side to the other. It’s ideal for teeth that look uneven, rough, or simply don’t fit in with the appearance of other teeth in your mouth.

Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

Using tooth colored cosmetic materials, your dentist can add shape and texture to the edges of teeth that are chipped, short, or broken. Composite bonding matches your tooth color, so the end results are essentially invisible. The process takes less than an hour to complete and provides you with long-lasting results that can be combined with other types of cosmetic treatments.

Tooth Recontouring

Adjusting the natural contour of your tooth can be done if there is excess enamel on one or a few teeth. Using a small instrument, the tooth is slightly adjusted to reduce its length. This can be done without any anesthesia at all. It’s a perfect choice for teeth that have bumpy edges or individual teeth that are slightly longer than the others. Recontouring is extremely safe and gives you permanent results in just a few minutes.

Tooth reshaping is one of the least invasive ways to enhance the overall appearance of your teeth. In just a few minutes you can experience dramatic results that change everything about the way you look. Ask your dentist if tooth recontouring is an option or can be used in conjunction with your other cosmetic dental treatments.

Posted on behalf of:
Toothmasters
139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-8401

Nov
17

Three Uses for Composite Bonding

Have you heard of composite tooth bonding? Bonding is an excellent, non-invasive way to transform the way your smile looks. It’s perfect for minor corrections or concerns that need a quick fix. Here are 3 of the most common reasons dentists offer composite bonding to their patients:

Exposed Root Surfaces

Do receded gums leave you with exposed root surfaces that are sensitive and unsightly? Composite bonding can cover these areas and help your teeth appear fuller by covering the yellow color of the roots and preventing them from external stimuli. 

Closing Gaps or Spaces Between the Teeth

Wide spaces between the teeth can leave gaps that trap food or are an aesthetic concern. Bonding is an easy way to close these spaces and make your teeth appear more appropriately sized without having to get braces or crowns. 

Correcting Uneven or Broken Edges of Teeth

Uneven edges of your teeth from accidents or abnormal wear can make you feel self conscious about your smile. Bonding is one of the quickest ways to correct these areas, and is often used alongside of tooth and gum recontouring to help restore the natural form and beauty to your smile. 

There are many other times where dentists use composite bonding in the office. It’s often used alongside of other types of cosmetic dental treatment as part of a smile makeover process. Ask your dentist about whitening first, as the bonding will be matched to your current shade of tooth enamel. Call your dentist to find out more about how bonding can help correct areas of your smile that are a concern.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Oct
23

Three Treatments for Receded Gumlines

Posted in Bonding

Gum recession can be caused by aggressive toothbrushing, gum disease, or even bruxism/grinding. As the gums creep further down the surface of the tooth, sensitive root structure becomes exposed. Not only does this create an aesthetic concern, but it also makes the teeth susceptible to severe sensitivity and tooth decay. Thankfully there are a few different treatments that can be used in areas of recession to protect the tooth.

Fluoride Varnish

If gum recession is very mild, the only concern may be sensitivity or risk of tooth decay. Having your dentist or hygienist apply a fluoride varnish every 3 months is a perfect way to seal off the pores of dentin (the part of the tooth that is exposed) so that sensitivity is reversed and tooth decay is reduced. Varnish clings to the tooth for several hours, allowing these vital minerals to soak deeply into the tooth tissue, giving you lengthy results. 

Composite Bonding

Tooth colored dental bonding can cover exposed and discolored root surfaces as a measure to restore aesthetics to your smile. Because only the crown of your tooth contains enamel, in areas of gum recession the tooth will appear more yellow. While this is completely normal, it isn’t exactly pretty. Minimally invasive bonding can safely restore these areas to make your teeth look fuller and healthier.

Gingival Grafting

Too much tissue loss can compromise the stability of your tooth. Gum recession from periodontal disease may make the tooth become mobile and eventually fall out. By placing a graft of tissue over the area, the tooth can benefit from a natural support structure that allows it to stay in place for several more years.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Eberhard, Mockingbird Dental Associates

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Oct
23

Composite Bonding and Tooth Recontouring

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Minor irregularities and uneven tooth edges can make your smile look less than perfect. Small chips in the teeth or gaps here and there provide a hindrance when it comes to looking your best, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be difficult to correct them. Simple and affordable cosmetic dental treatments like composite dental bonding and tooth recontouring can drastically change how your smile looks, just by adjusting a few teeth.

Composite Bonding for Tooth Reshaping

Composite restorations are made of white, tooth colored material that is available in several different shades so that it will perfectly match your natural tooth enamel. It can be placed on just about any surface of your teeth, including near the gumlines to cover up gum recession, on the edges of the teeth for chips and wear, or between the teeth to close in gaps. Placement is simple and usually requires only a very short visit. When minor cosmetic concerns are holding you back, composite bonding is the right choice. 

Tooth Recontouring Makes an Even Smile

Sometimes teeth are naturally uneven, even if they’re healthy. Uneven teeth can make your smile look irregular while it’s still completely healthy. Tooth recontouring is specifically for this purpose – to create fuller, even teeth across your entire smile. Just minor recontouring or bonding of the edges of your teeth can create a dramatic result that makes it look like you have a brand new set of teeth. The treatments are minimally invasive and don’t compromise the health of your tooth; they can be completed in one appointment.

Don’t worry about your smile concern being too big or too small – your dentist has exactly the type of cosmetic treatment that you need. Call your dental office to set up a smile consultation visit!

Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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Aug
25

What About Dental Bonding?

When you think of cosmetic dentistry, the word “expensive” may come to mind.  If you have been thinking about getting a smile enhancement but have been avoiding the dentist because you think it will cost too much, you will be happy to hear that dental bonding is one of the least expensive, most cost effective cosmetic dental techniques.

If you want to improve the appearance or shape of your teeth, fill in a gap, or fill a blemish on a tooth, bonding may be the answer.  It is much less expensive than veneers or caps and can be done in the dentist’s office, usually in one visit.

To bond a tooth, your dentist applies a soft, putty-like white material to the tooth and uses a special light to harden the material and make it adhere to the surface of your tooth.  The dentist then shapes the hardened material and smoothes and polishes it to achieve the desired effect.

Unless a cavity is being filled, most patients don’t need any anesthesia and the procedure can be completed in thirty minutes to an hour.  Veneers and crowns can achieve the same effect, but they are more expensive and have to be made in a lab before your dentist installs them.

Bonding is an excellent alternative to expensive caps and veneers, but it has a few disadvantages.  The bonded material will probably not last as long as a cap or veneer.  It can also chip or break off of your tooth.  Also, bonded teeth are less stain resistant than caps or veneers.

Talk your Lawrenceville cosmetic dentist to find out more about the advantages of bonding.

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