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Bonding from your dentists in Hollywood, FL, can give you a spectacular smile
If you have small chips or cracks in your teeth, you need to learn about dental bonding! By covering up those annoying damage signs that are found throughout your mouth, bonding is the answer to rejuvenating that aging, tired smile! Read on to learn how the cosmetic and family dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL, offer a wide range of dental services, including bonding, to give you a spectacular smile.
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As we age, it becomes easier and easier to damage our smiles. Every day wear-and-tear, nighttime teeth grinding, dental trauma, and aging all cause unwelcome oral changes. Over time, small chips, cracks, fracture lines, and tooth wear all take their toll.
Luckily, dental bonding can help! Using a unique liquid resin called composite, your Hollywood dentist sculpts the natural contours of your teeth, eliminating the unseemly flaws that were marring your smile. After the liquid has been applied, the material is hardened with a special ultraviolet light. The final restoration is polished to perfection, leaving you with a beautiful, natural-looking tooth restoration that is virtually invisible.
Bonding is one of the most versatile, popular cosmetic dental treatments available today—and for good reason! Dental bonding can hide common aesthetic problems such as:
- Erosion and tooth wear due to aging
- Cracking and chipping from wear-and-tear
- Fracture lines and loss of tooth structure
- Discolorations and blotches from genetics
Bonding can also help mask some issues related to poor tooth alignment. In some cases, bonding can also help close small gaps between your teeth and minimize small amounts of tooth overlap. Your dentist will discuss with you whether bonding is appropriate for your alignment issues, or if other treatments (e.g. orthodontics) are more suitable for you.
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If you want a spectacular smile, you need to speak with the experts. Call the cosmetic dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL, today at (954) 983-5450 to learn about what dental bonding can do for you!
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.”
Dental bonding is the perfect way to get the bright, confident smile you deserve. Quick and non-invasive, bonding is a great solution for minor chips, cracks, cavities, blemishes, gaps and more. In just a single appointment, the professionals at Parker Dental can have your smile looking like new.
Bonding is the process of using a composite resin to correct a cosmetic problem, or as a more aesthetically pleasing option than filling a cavity with amalgam. Unless the removal of tooth decay is necessary, the procedure does not even require local anesthesia! Your dentist will select a shade of tooth-colored resin that most closely matches the surrounding teeth, then lightly etch the enamel and apply a conditioning substance to ensure the resin bonds firmly. After the tooth is prepared, your dentist can apply the resin to the area, then mold and shape it to appear smooth and natural. The resin is then hardened with ultraviolet light and polished to complete the cosmetic integration. This process generally only takes about 45 minutes per tooth!
Is it Right for Me?
You may want to consider bonding if you wish to change the shape or size of a tooth, close a gap between teeth, repair a small chip or crack, or cover stains or discoloration. It is less expensive than veneers or crowns and only requires a single appointment. It does not require the removal of much of the existing tooth enamel (just enough to roughen the surface for adhesion) and is best for healthy teeth. However, bonding does not usually last as long as more involved restorations, although it is easier to fix if problems do occur. It can also be an excellent temporary solution if veneers or crown replacement must be postponed for a period of time.
Bonded teeth do not need particular care, although one should avoid particularly hard foods or chewing fingernails or pens, etc as this could risk chipping the resin.
If you want to patch that chip or touch up that coffee stain, dental bonding could be the solution you’ve been looking for to rejuvenate your smile! Call Parker Dental at (954) 983-5450 for a personal and caring consultation in the Hollywood, FL area today!
Q: What exactly is cosmetic tooth bonding?
A: Cosmetic bonding is a process in which your dentist uses specially formulated tooth-colored material to repair minor defects on the surface of your teeth. The bonding material itself is a type of composite resin — a tough, translucent mixture of plastic and glass components that mimics the pearly-white appearance of your teeth to a high degree. The material also bonds (links up) so well with the natural tooth structure that this relatively simple and inexpensive treatment can last for a number of years.
Q: What types of defects can tooth bonding repair?
A: Bonding can be used to remedy several different kinds of flaws in your smile. Small chips, cracks and areas of discoloration can be easily treated via cosmetic bonding. It can even be used to fix minor spacing irregularities. Best of all, because composite resin is available in various shades to match the natural color of your teeth, it’s almost impossible to tell which tooth has been treated.
Q: What are the pluses and minuses of cosmetic bonding?
A: Bonding is a procedure that can be done right in the dental office, without involving a laboratory — that’s why it is typically an easy, cost-effective treatment that can be accomplished in a single visit. It’s a great solution for restoring minor flaws that don’t extend very far into the tooth’s structure. It’s also ideal for teenagers, who may have to wait until they stop growing before getting a more permanent restoration. But bonding normally isn’t as long-lasting as some other restoration techniques, such as veneers or crowns. However, with proper care, a bonded tooth can keep looking good for years.
Q: What is the bonding procedure like?
A: Bonding is a minimally invasive, reversible treatment that normally causes little or no discomfort. The tooth being treated is first thoroughly cleaned, and then “etched” with a gel that microscopically roughens its surface. Next, the gel is rinsed off, and liquid composite resin (in a shade chosen to match the tooth) is painted on with a brush. Then, the bonding material is cured (hardened) using a special light. After it has cured, another layer may be applied; this process can be repeated several times to build up a thicker coating. Finally, a dental instrument is used to shape the built-up material into its final, pleasing form.
Q: Do bonded teeth require special care?
A: Not really… but like all teeth, they should be brushed and flossed daily, and professionally cleaned at the dental office twice a year. Bonded teeth can also become stained from tobacco use, red wine and coffee — but unlike regular teeth, bonded teeth can’t be lightened. So if you’re considering tooth-whitening treatments, have them done before your teeth are bonded.
If you have questions about whether cosmetic bonding could help your smile look its best, 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 “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”
Your son has fallen and hit his face against a hard surface. Not only is he in pain but now there is also a chip missing from his front tooth. He is worried that his smile will never be the same. What should you do?
Answer: If you can find that missing chip, sometimes we can bond the fragment back on to the tooth. The tooth should be evaluated and repaired as soon as possible, although in the absence of other signs and symptoms of injury, and if your child is not in acute pain, it can probably wait up to 12 hours.
If the fragment can't be found, then the tooth can be restored with tooth-colored filling materials, which are also physically bonded to the natural tooth. Done well, these “composite resin” fillings can last for years and look perfectly natural. They may eventually need to be replaced with something more permanent.
If the chipped tooth is a child's primary (baby) tooth rather than a permanent (adult) tooth, the treatment will be similar.
However, a blow to a tooth can cause damage to the pulp — the living tissue within the tooth, which can become infected and die. If the damage to a primary tooth is too extensive it may be better to remove it to avoid damage to an underlying and developing permanent tooth. A place-holding appliance called a space maintainer may be used. If it is a permanent tooth it may need root canal treatment.
If a tooth is not chipped but is loosened or tender to the touch, it may require temporary stabilization, called splinting, until it has healed. Sometimes no treatment is required. If there has been a fracture to the tooth's root (the part below the gum line) it may heal by itself, or it may require further treatment especially if it is a permanent tooth, depending on the individual situation.
It is important to evaluate teeth that have been hit or damaged as a result of injury to ensure that they remain healthy and functional. We will keep track of the tooth or teeth, with observation, x-rays when necessary and monitoring over time to make sure no permanent damage has been done.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about repairing a chipped tooth. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”