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If one or more of your teeth have cosmetic problems like gaps, chips or abnormal shapes, you might assume that you're stuck with these flaws. However, with bonding and reshaping, a more beautiful smile can be yours in just one short, painless appointment at Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD. Learn how Dr. Herbert Mendelson and Dr. Harold Mendelson use bonding and reshaping to make difference in the lives of their patients as they answer a few of the common questions people have about this procedure.
What is the bonding material made of?
Typically, bonding material is a composite resin, which means it is made from a combination of plastic and glass materials. This mixture gives bonding material its flexibility, which is necessary for your Owings Mills dentist to shape it into place, and strength, which is needed after it hardens. Its makeup also makes it easy to match with the color of your teeth.
What can bonding and reshaping do for me?
Bonding and reshaping is a low-cost, painless but highly effective way for your Owings Mills dentist to repair cosmetic damage or change the shape of a tooth. If you've chipped one of your teeth's edges, for example, bonding can fill that space seamlessly, restoring your tooth to a normal appearance. If one of your natural teeth is shorter than the others or is oddly-shaped, bonding material can be shaped around the tooth to give it a more uniform look. Bonding can also fill in gaps to make your smile more even and cover up discolorations that may not respond well to dental bleaching.
How long does bonding last?
Bonding is a durable dental restoration. With proper care and regular checkups at Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, you can count on your bonded areas lasting a decade or more before an update or repair is needed.
To talk more with Dr. Herbert Mendelson or Dr. Harold Mendelson about dental bonding, contact our office in Owings Mills, MD to schedule a consultation! We're happy to be your provider for all your dental needs!
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.”