Posts for tag: Bonding
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.”
Say goodbye to minor imperfections with dental bonding.
From crunching down on ice to not wearing protective gear during a game, we gamble with our smiles. It’s not surprising when our teeth retaliate with chips and cracks. Luckily your Westminster, MD dentist Dr. Pari Moazed can often correct these small issues quickly and non-invasively with dental bonding.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a simple cosmetic procedure performed by your Westminster, MD dentist to conceal minor dental imperfections and improve your smile’s appearance. Dental bonding uses tooth-colored resin (the same material used in a dental filling) to cover over these imperfections without needing anesthesia or pain medication.
What can dental bonding fix?
Dental bonding is typically used to improve the look of your smile but it can be used to improve function as well (which is the case for a dental filling). To put it simply, dental bonding is an easy way to change your smile’s appearance without needing veneers or crowns. Our patients turn to dental bonding to fix a number of issues:
- To close up spaces between teeth
- To fill a decayed tooth
- To change the length or shape of a tooth
- To hide minor cracks or chips in a tooth
- To cover discolorations
- To cover an exposed tooth root
Sometimes dental bonding is also used in conjunction with tooth reshaping or recontouring, in which your Westminster, MD dentist uses a special instrument to remove small amounts of enamel to change the shape and size of a tooth.
What does the dental bonding procedure entail?
Unless you are having a cavity filled, this procedure is painless and will not require anesthesia. This is what makes dental bonding an appealing cosmetic treatment for many of our patients. We will first choose the proper resin shade to match your tooth and then apply the resin. This resin is easily moldable so we can shape it around the problem areas to create a healthier-looking tooth. One we have the desired shape we will harden the resin with a dental laser. Dental bonding takes anywhere from thirty minutes to one hour per tooth.
Is dental bonding right for me?
While dental bonding is wonderful procedure for most people, it’s not the best solution for everyone. Those with small dental flaws will be more likely to benefit from dental bonding than someone with more complicated or severe dental issues. Since this procedure is non-invasive, the results aren’t as significant as getting dental veneers or other dental work.
However, the only way to find out if dental bonding is right for your smile is to consult your Westminster, MD dentist. When you come into our office we will be able to examine your smile to tell you whether dental bonding is right for your needs. Call us today to schedule a consultation.