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.”
Are you ready for a brand new smile? Cosmetic dentistry can give you the beautiful smile you've dreamed of. Eagle Creek Dentistry, located in Naples, FL offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Dr. JW Valentine is one of the top cosmetic dentists in Naples. Read on to learn more about the different types of cosmetic dentistry treatments available.
1. Dental Implants
Dental implants replace missing teeth and their roots. Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone and allow your cosmetic dentist to mount a dental bridge or replacement teeth into that area. Dental implants are strong and durable. They can last a lifetime when properly cared for.
2. Composite Bonding
In dental bonding, a tooth-colored resin is applied to the teeth and hardened with a laser light. Composite bonding can repair cracked, chipped, misshapen, or decayed teeth.
3. Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is a great way to brighten your smile. Your teeth can be bleached in your cosmetic dentist’s office or you can use a take-home teeth whitening kit from your cosmetic dentist to whiten your teeth at home.
4. Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are custom-made shells of resin or porcelain that cover the front surfaces of the teeth. These wafer-thin shells are cemented to the front of the teeth changing their size, shape, length, or color. People who are considering dental veneers are typically looking to address multiple issues with their teeth, such as tooth discoloration, chips, or gaps between teeth.
5. Smile Makeovers
A smile makeover will enhance your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures. Once your cosmetic dentist devises the blueprint for your smile makeover, the real reconstruction begins. Your cosmetic dentist can make your smile over into something you can be proud to show off.
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