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Find out how this simple cosmetic treatment could improve the look of a tooth.
Okay, so no smile is perfect. Everything from getting older to injuries can leave us with imperfections in our teeth that can affect how confident we feel in our appearance; fortunately, our Seymour, IN, dentists Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe offers different ways to enhance and improve the way your teeth look depending on the issues you are facing. One such way is through a simple technique known as dental bonding.
What is dental bonding?
Do you know the tooth-colored material that is used to fill a tooth after a cavity? If so, this same moldable material (known as composite resin) is applied to the surface of a tooth to also cover minor imperfections. Composite resin even matches the shade of your tooth so that it blends in once it’s applied and shaped.
What issues can dental bonding address?
While bonding won’t be able to tackle more serious issues it can mask:
- Small chips and cracks (that don’t affect the overall function of the tooth)
- Discolorations and internal stains
- Unevenness or asymmetrical areas of the tooth
- Small gaps between teeth
If you grind your teeth you may find that some teeth appear smaller than others, which can affect the overall shape and symmetry of your smile. If this happens, sometimes our Seymour, IN, general dentists can apply bonding resin to these areas to lengthen a tooth or change its shape so that you have a more uniform smile. In some cases, bonding can even improve the resilience and strength of a worn tooth.
What should I expect from the dental bonding treatment?
This simple cosmetic treatment usually takes no more than 30 minutes per tooth. It can even be performed during your routine dental checkup. After your tooth has been cleaned, we will apply a liquid to the tooth, which will roughen the surface so the resin sticks to it.
Once the liquid has been removed, our Seymour, IN, cosmetic dentists will apply the resin to the tooth and then shape and mold the resin to the tooth. The resin is like putty, so it’s easy to alter and contour so it blends right in with the rest of the tooth while also hiding the imperfection. Once the resin has been shaped, we will use a special light to harden the resin to the tooth. Lastly, we will polish the tooth so that the resin has the same sheen as the rest of your tooth enamel.
Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, is dedicated to helping you achieve the ideal smile. No matter whether you are dealing with minor flaws or serious problems, we can sit down with you and create an individualized treatment plan that will help you get the results you want.
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.”