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By 4 Dental Health
July 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Bonding  
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So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?

Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!

Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.

If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.

A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.

Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”

By 4 Dental Health
March 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bonding  

Wouldn't you like your smile to look its absolute best without imperfections or discoloration that can be discouraging and embarrassing? There is an easy and cost-effective way to reshape your smile. It's called bonding, and many people use it to achieve that long-desired bright and attractive look for their teeth.Bonding

How dental bonding works

Bonding is a simple, quick way for your dentist to correct minor flaws in the teeth. After a thorough oral exam to determine if a patient is a candidate for dental bonding, the dentist uses tooth-colored resin to carefully fill in and repair small chips, gaps and minor cracks. This resin is the same material that is used in the composite fillings which address cavities.

Dental bonding avoids the need for expensive and more invasive restoration procedures such as porcelain veneers or crowns. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that bonding is used most frequently to repair those little chips that come with normal wear and tear or minor injury to the mouth. In addition, bonding does an outstanding job in protecting sensitive exposed roots and in blending away stains and discoloration.

The procedure itself is painless, requiring no anesthesia. The dentist gently abrades or roughens the surface of the teeth which will receive the bonding treatment. Then, the bonding material is applied and shaped to achieve the best bite and match with surrounding teeth. Then, using a special light, the composite resin is hardened. Finally, the tooth receives a polishing. Depending on the number of teeth being treated, bonding procedures usually are completed in just one office visit.

How long does bonding last?

With good oral hygiene, bonding should last for years. Dentists and hygienists encourage daily flossing and twice-daily brushing to care for the restorations - just as you would care for natural teeth. In addition, dental professionals discourage nail biting, chewing on ice or any other activity that can mar or chip natural tooth enamel or bonded surfaces. Patients should continue with their annual oral exams and semi-annual cleanings or as recommended by the dentist.

4 Dental Health

Steven Christensen DDS is the Layton, Utah area dentist who can help you decide if dental bonding is right for your beautiful and healthy smile. He and the staff at 4 Dental Health will arrive at a care plan employing the latest in dental techniques together with friendly and compassionate care. Call the office today for a consultation: 801-889-1044.



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