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Dental or cosmetic bonding is a procedure for repairing damaged teeth. For example, bonding can be used to fix a chipped tooth and make it whole again. One of the benefits of bonding is that the material used to repair the damaged area permanently bonds with the tooth. Another benefit is that the material can be color-matched to your existing teeth so it readily blends in and looks completely natural. Dr. Denise Perrotta, the highly skilled dentist at our office in Winston Salem, can correct your chipped teeth with bonding.
What is Bonding?
Bonding utilizes a putty-like resin material to repair damaged areas of teeth, such as chips or cracks. It can also be used to conceal stains or discolorations on teeth that cannot be removed with whitening treatments. The bonding material is carefully applied to the damaged or problem area. As the material dries, it permanently bonds with the tooth. After the bonding material has fully dried, it looks like part of the natural tooth and no one will be able to tell repairs were made. One of the reasons it looks so natural is that the material is color-matched to your existing teeth.
Repairing Chipped Teeth
Bonding is an effective method for correcting chipped teeth. There are many reasons why it is important to have chipped teeth repaired. For instance, a chipped tooth is more vulnerable to developing additional chips and cracks. Further, there is a higher risk of losing the tooth due to infection and decay if it is chipped or damaged. If you have a chipped tooth, the experienced dentist at our office in Winston Salem can determine if bonding is the best solution for fixing it.
The procured for correcting a chipped tooth with dental bonding is fairly simple and straightforward. The resin material used for bonding is applied to the affected area of the tooth. It is then carefully shaped until it fills in the missing portion of the tooth that has chipped off. After applying the resin, a special light is used to cure it. The light dries and hardens the resin. During the curing process, the resin also permanently bonds with the tooth. Once the resin is completely dry, the tooth will be repaired and no one will be able to tell it was ever chipped.
If you have a chipped tooth, bonding could be the solution. Dr. Perrotta can determine if bonding can correct the problem. To schedule an appointment with the dentist, call our office in Winston Salem at (336) 760-9258.
Composite resin bonding is one of today's most popular and versatile dentistry services. Remaking small enamel defects in size, shape, and color, and also, restoring dental decay, composite resin is realistic, easy, quick, and cost-sparing. Your dentist in Winston Salem, Dr. Denise Perrotta, beautifies smiles with true artistic and technical skill. Learn more here.
Your tooth structure
It's comprised of interior soft pulp, yellow dentin and rock-hard enamel. All three layers contribute to a tooth's vitality, strength, function, and appearance. When the outermost layer--enamel--is chipped, cracked, or pitted, smile appearance is less than satisfactory. However, not all defects require tooth replacement or extensive restoration through fillings, porcelain crowns or dental veneers.
Fixing cosmetic problems
Enter composite resin. A unique blend of glass particles and acrylic, composite resin mimics tooth enamel in strength, color, resiliency and texture. It's well-suited to remake:
- Mild overlapping
- Defects in tooth-length and shape
- Hairline cracks
- Craze lines
After examining the tooth in question, the Winston Salem dentist cleans the tooth, buffs it and adds an etching chemical. With the surface prepared, she chooses a resin which matches the color of the natural tooth enamel. She adds the resin to the flaw in layers, hardening each with a special ultraviolet light.
Layer by layer, she builds up the tooth structure and gives it a final shaping and polishing. Also, she checks the dental bite to ensure it is accurate and comfortable. In all, the procedure takes half an hour to an hour and requires no anesthetic of any kind.
Caring for composite resin repairs
Composite resin bonding produces amazing results which last ten years or more, provided you are gentle with your teeth. in other words:
- Brush twice a day for two minutes as the American Dental Association recommends.
- Floss daily to stay ahead of plaque and tartar.
- Get your semi-annual check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Perrotta.
- Avoid highly staining foods, or limit, them (items such as coffee, blackberries, and curry).
- Stop all tobacco usage.
- Wear a bite guard if you repeatedly grind or clench your teeth.
Make dental defects disappear
Find out what composite resin could do for your smile. Contact Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston Salem, NC, for a cosmetic dentistry consultation to learn your options. Phone (336) 760-9258.
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.”
If you were a well-known actor, how far would you go to get inside the character you’re playing in a movie? Plenty of stars have gained or lost weight to fit the role; some have tried to relate to their character by giving up creature comforts, going through boot camp, even trying out another occupation for a time. But when Jamie Foxx played a homeless musician in the 2009 film The Soloist, he went even further: He had part of his front tooth chipped out!
“My teeth are just so big and white — a homeless person would never have them,” he told an interviewer. “I just wanted to come up with something to make the part unique. I had one [tooth] chipped out with a chisel.”
Now, even if you’re trying to be a successful actor, we’re not suggesting you have your teeth chipped intentionally. However, if you have a tooth that has been chipped accidentally, we want you to know that we can repair it beautifully. One way to do that is with cosmetic bonding.
Bonding uses tooth-colored materials called “composite resins” (because they contain a mixture of plastic and glass) to replace missing tooth structure. The composite actually bonds, or becomes one, with the rest of the tooth.
Composite resins come in a variety of lifelike tooth shades, making it virtually impossible to distinguish the bonded tooth from its neighbors. Though bonding will not last as long as a dental veneer, it also does not require the involvement of a dental laboratory and, most often, can be done with minor reshaping of the tooth.
Cosmetic Bonding for Chipped Teeth
A chipped tooth can usually be bonded in a single visit to the dental office. First, the surface of the tooth may be beveled slightly with a drill, and then it is cleaned. Next, it is “etched” with an acidic gel that opens up tiny pores. After the etching gel is rinsed off, the liquid composite resin in a well-matched shade is painted on in a thin layer, filling these tiny pores to create a strong bond. A special curing light is used to harden this bonding material. Once the first layer is cured, another layer is painted on and cured. Layers can continue to be built up until the restoration has the necessary thickness. The bonding material is then shaped and polished. The whole procedure takes only about 30 minutes!
If you have questions about cosmetic bonding, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin.”