Take a look in the mirror. What do your front teeth look like? Are they smoothly contoured along their biting edges? Or, are they flat, with worn edges or chipped enamel caused by trauma and excessive wear? What about the teeth in the corners of your mouth, just near the gumline? Are there exposed root surfaces that appear discolored, stained, or even notched due to aggressive toothbrushing? If there is, then it might be time to talk to your dentist about protecting these areas before they can advance further.
For some people, composite tooth bonding is an excellent choice to prevent further wear or damage to exposed root surfaces. Composite restorations are tooth-colored white fillings that bond directly to the enamel of the teeth. The material can be shaped so that it not only protects the tooth, it re-builds the portion of tooth that was lost.
In addition to protecting excess tooth wear from becoming a problem, composite bonding also improves the aesthetics of your smile. Notches from over-zealous or hard-bristle toothbrushing can be covered so that they no longer bring attention to the misshaped, stained areas near the gumlines. Bonding can even be placed between teeth, to close areas that appear to have a gap or space that is wider than normal. The form and function of composite bonding material is so that it can be used in a variety of areas, for a variety of purposes, including reconstructing minor tooth irregularities.
Most bonding treatments are very simple. Minimal tooth conditioning will prepare the natural tooth surface so that the material bonds securely to the tooth. In some cases, not even local anesthesia is needed!
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Dental restorations are materials or prosthetics used to restore the function of missing or damaged tooth structure, or to improve the appearance of the teeth. They include dental implants, crowns, bridges, fillings, inlays, onlays, obturators, and dentures.
Since dental restorations are worn or placed in the mouth for long periods of time, some of them permanently, it is important and worthwhile to know what substances and materials these restorations are made from. Although the dental restorations used in professional dentistry are FDA-approved, there is always the possibility of someone having an adverse reaction to the substances contained in them. Knowing what dental restorations are made of can help you make informed decisions about what you introduce into your body.
Metal is used in a number of dental restorations including crowns, dentures, bridges, fillings, and implants. Silver-colored almalgam fillings are made from an alloy of mercury and various other metals including silver and tin. Metals is also used in dental crowns; the abutments and little screws and posts that are used to attach the crown to the jawbone are usually made from pure titanium or an alloy of this metal. Most dentures have metal clips and dental bridges can be made from cobalt chrome or gold alloys.
In the past few decades, dental restorations made from composite materials have been developed as an alternative to the earlier, metal prototypes. Dental restorations that are made of, or contain, composite materials include veneers, fillings, onlays, inlays, and dentures. The composites are typically acrylic-based and contain other substances like synthetic (plastic) resins and powdered glass.
Ceramics are used to make veneers, crowns, implants, onlays and inlays. The ceramics contain substances like lithium disilicate, feldspathic glass, fluorapatite crystals, and zirconia. Types of ceramics used in dental restorations include glass-ceramics and porcelain. Ceramic restorations are valued for their ability to mimic the look of natural enamel.
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