Posts for tag: Bonding
Do the cracks in your teeth make you want to hide your smile? Even tiny cracks can be very noticeable. Fortunately, bonding can cover small cracks in one dental visit. Bonding is just one of the cosmetic dentistry services offered by Cedar Park, TX, dentist Dr. Jason Dyson of Parmer Oaks Dental Care.
What is bonding?
During the bonding process, your dentist adds a soft material called composite resin to your teeth. The material not only covers cracks but can be used for a variety of cosmetic enhancements. Composite resin can be manipulated into any shape needed and is tinted to match common tooth colors.
Before your Cedar Park dentist applies the resin, he'll apply an etching solution to your tooth which will help the material adhere to the tooth. After the composite resin is added to a tooth, it's hardened with a curing light that bonds the composite resin to your tooth enamel.
How can bonding help my smile?
Cracks tend to look a little darker than your tooth enamel, making them particularly obvious when you smile. Although deep or large cracks may require treatment with crowns to prevent fractures, small chips and cracks that don't affect the integrity of your teeth can be concealed with bonding treatment. Once the composite resin is applied to your tooth, your cracks will disappear from view.
Bonding is a good choice if you've chipped a tooth. The material fills in spaces at the bottom of teeth and can even be used to reattach large chips in some cases.
Do you have another cosmetic issue in addition to cracks? Bonding is an excellent solution if you want to hide a discolored tooth or conceal pits or bumps that make the surface of your enamel look uneven. It's also used to lengthen short teeth or completely change the shape of a crooked, twisted, pointed or oddly shaped tooth.
Would you like to find out if bonding is a good option for you? Call Cedar Park, TX, dentist Dr. Jason Dyson of Parmer Oaks Dental Care at (512) 528-8900 to schedule an appointment.
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.”
Find out which cosmetic treatment could give you your dream smile.
Who doesn’t want the perfect smile? Even if you weren’t born with it this doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve it. Your Cedar Park, TX cosmetic dentist Dr. Jason Dyson offers a variety of different dental treatments to improve both the look and the function of your smile:
Looking to hide very small stains or cracks that may not be as visible to others at first glance but bug you? Then you may not need to go through one time-consuming procedure after another for such small issues. Those with minor chips, stains and small gaps between teeth may be able to hide these problems with dental bonding, a special tooth-colored resin that is molded over problem areas to reshape the tooth and provide a whiter, more attractive smile.
Bonding is a great cosmetic option for those with aesthetic issues that do not affect the overall function of your smile. This is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic procedures you can get to improve your smile.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
For those missing one or more teeth you may want to talk to your restorative dentist in Cedar Park about getting dental bridges. This dental restoration, which contains a false tooth in the middle and a dental crown on each side, uses healthy neighboring teeth to support it. In as little as two visits you may be able to replace one or more teeth with dental bridges.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that can also be placed over the crown of a tooth that has significant discolorations, cracks and other issues that may affect its overall function.
Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are made to look just like real teeth and are applied to the front of your smile using a special cement. Veneers are great for our Cedar Park dental patients who are looking to hide small chips, cracks, discolorations, misshapen or uneven teeth, overlapping or gaps between teeth. In order to make room for your veneers, we will need to remove a minimal amount of tooth enamel first. While this procedure is painless and almost completely non-invasive it cannot be reversed.
For patients looking for a long-term solution to replace missing teeth, dental implants are a valuable option. The metal implant is surgically inserted into a drilled hole in the jawbone where it will heal and fuse with the bone and tissue over several months. After everything has healed, we will unveil the top of the implant and attach an abutment on top. This piece will serve to connect the dental crown to the implant.
If you are ready to take the plunge into cosmetic dentistry then it’s time you took the next steps to getting your perfect smile. Schedule a consultation with your dentist in Cedar Park. Parmer Oaks Dental Care is here for all of your dental needs.