Dental Tips Blog

Apr
14

Is Dental Bonding Really Worth It?

Posted in Bonding

Dental bonding involves placing a small amount of tooth-colored putty on a tooth and shaping it to fill in a small chip. It’s a fast and cheap solution, which may lead you to wonder if it’s still a high-quality dental procedure.

What Problems Dental Bonding Solves

In short, dental bonding is a worthwhile procedure.

Bonding works wonderfully for chipped tooth repairs. The process is non-invasive, meaning that it doesn’t require any invasive steps or numbing shots. Because bonding is a quick procedure, you don’t need to schedule multiple appointments like you would if you were to get a dental crown.

Many patients love their smiles after bonding, because the treatment is cost-effective and fast. They get instant results without breaking the bank.

Dental Bonding – The Drawbacks

Dental bonding can break off. If you bump your bonded tooth hard enough, the bonding material can pop off, leaving you with a chipped tooth again. To fix that, you may need to have your tooth slightly shaved away a bit to make a clean slate for more bonding. If this happens again and again, your tooth can become too weak for bonding to work anymore.

Dental bonding also has its limits. If your tooth has a large chip or decay, it may need more than a patch-up.

When Dental Bonding Is Not the Answer

Does your tooth need more help than dental bonding can give? Your dentist may recommend a crown or veneer to reinforce your tooth. These options provide more strength and coverage than bonding, and may even last longer.

Talk with a dentist near you to find out whether dental bonding is the right choice for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Apr
9

5 Healthy Foods That Are Actually Bad for Your Teeth

You know that soda and sugary treats are bad for your smile. But you might be surprised to learn that even some healthy foods can be harmful to your dental health.

  1. Oranges

Loaded with vitamin C and water, oranges are the perfect defense against the common cold. On the downside, all that ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is harsh on tooth enamel. Try to sip your orange juice through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth.

  1. Popcorn

Popcorn is a very versatile snack – light, yet satisfying and a good source of fiber. But it can be bad for your teeth if your popcorn is coated with caramel. Even if you opt for no toppings, those popcorn hulls can get wedged in your gums and cause inflammation.

Crunching on half-popped kernels is very damaging to teeth and can cause a cracked or chipped tooth.

  1. Raspberries

Some research suggests that raspberries can help regulate mood swings. But the little seeds in these healthful berries can be painful when they get stuck between teeth or wedged in a molar.

  1. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants, calcium, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. But to keep those pesky seeds from getting lodged in your teeth, try enjoying this dietary supplement ground up into a gelatin-like powder.

  1. Dried Fruit

Dried fruit is a convenient way to get your daily fiber and vitamins. Chew with caution, however, since sticky dried fruit is also high in sugar and can get stuck in your teeth, increasing your risk for cavities.

Is your diet smile-friendly? Find out by scheduling a checkup at your local dental office.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Nov
12

Three Habits That are Bad for Your Teeth

If you brush daily and don’t eat too much sugar, that’s all your smile needs…right? Not necessarily. Here are 3 habits you might not have known could be bad for your teeth:

Chewing Ice 

Ice chewing might be linked to health issues like anemia, but that isn’t the only thing that should be at the back of your mind. It can also damage your teeth.  Not only can chewing ice cause a cracked or chipped tooth, but the cold temperature can cause dental problems too. If you have existing crowns or fillings, the cold temperatures can impact the rate of how they expand/contract compared to the enamel that they’re bonded to. Frequent ice chewing may break your restorations down quicker, resulting in the need for more dental work.

Clenching Your Teeth When You’re Stressed Out 

Your teeth take the brunt of your jaw muscles’ force when you’re focused on a problem at the office or during your long commute home. You might even be waking up in the morning with a migraine headache from all the tension. This can make your teeth start to chip away, break, or just look flat.

Make a conscious effort to relax your jaw so that your teeth are slightly apart, but your lips still together.. If the tension is happening still,  talk to your dentist about getting a splint made.

Adding Cream and Sweetener to Your Coffee

Coffee might stain your teeth, but the bigger problem is those other things that you’re putting inside of it. Sugar, artificial sweeteners, and creamer don’t just add calories to your diet…they increase the acid and bacterial levels on your teeth (which can increase how many cavities you get.)

Ask your dentist how he or she can help!

Posted on behalf of:
Short Pump Family Dentistry
201 Towne Center West Blvd
Suite 709
Richmond, VA 23233
804-332-5505

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

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

Jun
20

Will a Filling Be Enough for My Chipped Tooth?

Posted in Crowns

If you’ve recently chipped your tooth, you probably want it fixed yesterday.

Not every dental problem can be fixed with a simple filling. What are your options?

Dental Bonding For A Cosmetic Fix

Are you worried about how a chipped front tooth looks? Dental bonding is your most helpful solution.

Bonding is when your dentist uses a little putty-like resin to reshape the missing part of your tooth. He or she chooses a color that matches your tooth, cures the material after shaping it, and polishes it for a seamless finish.

Cosmetically bonded teeth are not very strong, so this fix is best for front teeth that don’t experience a lot of chewing force.

Filling-Crown Hybrid For Strength

Onlays and inlays are considered “indirect fillings.”

That means they are created outside the mouth and then cemented into your tooth like a piece in a puzzle. They are sometimes called partial crowns for this reason, as well.

Although they don’t cover the entire tooth the way a crown does, indirect fillings will provide more support for teeth like molars that are missing a big chunk of their structure.

When Damage Runs Deep

Do you know how badly your tooth is fractured?

Even if it looks like only a small piece broke off, you should still get it x-rayed. An x-ray is the only way to see inside your tooth to find out whether the fracture is endangering the nerve chamber.

If the nerve, or pulp, of your tooth is compromised, your dentist may recommend a root canal and dental crown.

Clearly, a filling isn’t always the fix your tooth needs! For all of your dental restoration questions and concerns, contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900

Dec
18

Why You Need to Restore That Fractured Tooth

For many folks, a chipped tooth just doesn’t bother them enough to worry about repairing it. It’s not sensitive, it doesn’t hurt, and they eventually even forget that it’s there.

It might seem like a fractured tooth isn’t such a big deal if it’s not uncomfortable. However, even a seemingly harmless broken tooth shouldn’t be ignored.

Here’s why:

A Little Fracture Goes a Long Way

For one thing, it’s important to realize that a small break or crack is still a breach of a tooth’s natural defense system. Over time, that fracture will continue to enlarge with the pressure of biting down. Ladies, think of it like a run in a pair of stockings.

Damage to Other Structures

Although you may feel that a fractured tooth isn’t bothering you, it could be causing more problems than you realize. The rough edges on a broken tooth can cause some serious injuries and irritation to the soft tissue of structures such as lips and tongue.

How Are You Eating?

Is an uneven tooth causing a hiccup in the works? If you have a tooth that gets in the way of comfortable chewing, then it’s going to be more likely than other teeth to collect bacteria.

What You Can Do

It’s a good idea to talk with your dentist about the possibility of crowning your tooth. A dental crown reinforces a tooth that has lost most of its enamel support. The crown will help your tooth bear the pressure of chewing and protect it from further damage.

Call your dentist today to schedule an evaluation to see if a dental crown is necessary.

Posted on behalf of:
Nautical Dental
16414 San Pedro Ave #200
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 499-0009

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

 

Mar
19

How Your Dentist Can Make a Chipped Tooth Look Whole Again

Posted in Crowns

Chipped teeth can hurt, feel sharp against your lips or cheeks, and change the entire appearance of your smile. Thankfully, there are several ways that your dentist can help repair the tooth so that it no longer appears to be broken when you talk or smile.

Bonding

For smaller chips and broken edges, composite bonding is one of the fastest ways to address the concern. Bonding uses tooth-colored filing material to rebuild the shape of the tooth. Some areas of the teeth are easier to bond than others; be sure to have your dentist assess your bite to see if it’s an option. 

Veneers

Porcelain veneers cover the front of the teeth, hiding any aesthetic concerns. They are used on teeth that are broken, chipped, or even severely discolored. Since veneers do not necessarily provide comprehensive coverage to broken teeth, they can only be used on certain types of fractures. 

Crowns

Full coverage crowns are made of porcelain and cover the entire surface of a tooth above the gumlines. They are used when teeth have been badly damaged or severely fractured. Placing the crown on the tooth not only restores aesthetics, it also returns full function to the tooth. 

If you’ve experienced an accident that left your tooth broken, you may have more options than you realized! Sometimes even the broken part of the tooth can be bonded back into place, or the tooth gently smoothed out without any treatment at all. Talk to your dentist about a way to aesthetically improve your smile while also strengthening your tooth at the same time.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Dec
28

What to Do When You Chip a Tooth

Chipping a tooth can be scary, bothersome, and even painful. What if the chip is very small? Is it something you should worry about, even if it doesn’t hurt? A lot of people experience very minor chips from accidents around the house or from biting down on something accidentally. Knowing what to do next is important and can protect your smile.

If chips are small, you can have your dentist smooth them out. Small chips may only be 1-1.5mm, but to your tongue they will feel 5 times the size. The sharpness can bother your lips and cheeks, even cutting them at times. Smoothing out these extremely small chips is relatively simple and takes only a few minutes. In most cases your dentist does not even need to use anesthesia!

Moderate chips in the teeth may require a small tooth-colored restoration to restore the appearance of the tooth. Depending on where the chip occurred, some areas are easier to repair than others.

When teeth chip large enough that you can recover the portion of tooth that has broken off, bring it to your dentist. To keep it hydrated, place it in a small amount of saline solution or milk. Your dentist may be able to bond the enamel back into place. If damage is too severe, you may need a larger restoration placed over the tooth to protect it from infection.

When in doubt, always call your dentist. That’s what they are there for! If your injury causes any tooth discoloration, swelling, or lip lacerations you can call your dentist instead of going to the emergency room.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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