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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.
A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill.
We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth?
Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration.
When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged?
In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life.
So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys.
If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”