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By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
December 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  
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For over a hundred years dental amalgam — a combination of silver, mercury, tin and other metals — has been an effective filling material for teeth damaged by decay. But it has one major drawback — its metallic appearance stands out in stark contrast to the natural color of teeth.

As an alternative, composite resin fillings can match the color, shape and texture of natural teeth. These materials and the techniques used to bond them are proving just as effective as and more aesthetically pleasing than dental amalgam.

Fillings help protect and preserve a decayed tooth. By first removing decayed tooth structure through drilling, the resulting void is filled with durable material that strengthens the tooth and provides it protection from further decay.

The ultimate goal for restoration is to return the tooth to as near normal form and function as possible. Dental amalgam serves well in terms of function, providing the tooth strength in the face of the daily biting forces it encounters. In contrast, composite resins excel in appearance, but haven’t always matched the durability of amalgam. They’re material construction has improved over time, though, as well as the techniques used to bond them to teeth.

Most of these bonding techniques incorporate layering. The first step is to seal the dentin (the porous, living tissue just below the enamel); we then build up the composite material layer by layer within the tooth using special bonding adhesive and curing lights. In some cases where a large volume of tooth structure must be replaced, the restoration is first formed on the tooth and then removed for curing before being cemented into the tooth or a separate restoration is formed by a dental lab.

The end result is a tooth which both looks and functions like a fully intact tooth. Though care must be taken not to subject composite resin restorations to undue forces (no cracking open nutshells, for example), your new filling should continue to serve you and look great for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on metal-free restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Natural Beauty of Tooth Colored Fillings.”


By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
December 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

A damaged, unsightly or unhealthy smile can affect nearly every aspect of your life. Newport Beach and Garden Grove, CA, cosmetic dentistrydentist Dr. Timothy Bui explains how you can benefit from cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Treatments improve your ability to bite and chew

When teeth are damaged or missing, it can be very difficult to tear, bite, chew and grind foods. If you can't take a bite of a carrot or chew a piece of chicken, you may decide that a softer diet is a better choice. Although a soft diet may prevent you from feeling hungry, it might not offer the vitamins and minerals you need for good health. Luckily, damaged teeth can be restored with bonding or crowns, while dentures, bridges and dental implants offer effective solutions if you've lost teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry treatments improve your appearance

No matter how carefully you try to hide dental issues, sooner or later you have to open your mouth. Cosmetic treatments can help you feel more confident if chips, cracks, obvious decay, crooked teeth or other issues affect your smile. Veneers, bonding, crowns and tooth-colored fillings correct the dental problems that can contribute to lower self-esteem.

Although stains may not affect the function or health of your teeth, discolored teeth can make you feel very self-conscious. Whether you choose professional teeth whitening in our Newport Beach or Garden Grove office or veneers, thin porcelain shells applied to the fronts of teeth, cosmetic treatments can whiten and transform your smile.

Treatments offer long-lasting benefits

Removing decayed portions of teeth and replacing them with tooth-colored fillings, inlays or onlays restores the function and appearance of your teeth. Prompt treatment of cavities also helps you avoid extensive dental treatments or root canals in the future.

Removable full dentures, a popular restoration option, can reduce facial sagging common after tooth loss and improve your ability to chew. Dental implants and implant-supported dentures offer a long-term solution to tooth loss. Implants replace missing roots and bond to your jawbone. Thanks to their superior strength, they provide a very stable foundation for the dental crowns you'll use to chew.

Could you benefit from a cosmetic dentistry treatment? Schedule an appointment with dentist Dr. Timothy Bui by calling (949) 675-7750 for the Newport Beach, CA, office or (714) 537-0550 for the Garden Grove office.


By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
December 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
HereisHowYoucanImproveYourWeddingDaySmile

Congratulations—you’re engaged! It’s a stupendous (and hectic) time in your life as you plan your upcoming wedding.

You want to look your best for the big day—which means you may be dieting, exercising or making changes to your hairstyle and makeup. Be sure, though, to consider another important part of your appearance—your teeth and gums. Here are a few options that could help your wedding day smile shine even more.

Cleanings and whitening. While dental cleanings are primarily about removing disease-causing plaque and tartar they can also give your teeth that clean and polished look. And if you want an extra boost in brightness, consider whitening—we may be able to lighten up your teeth’s stain-induced dullness.

Bonding. If your teeth have slight imperfections—chipping, slight gaps or staining that doesn’t respond well to whitening, consider bonding techniques to repair or cover these defects. Composite resin is a dental material that can be shaped and bonded to teeth to reform a deformed tooth—and with color matching as well. For more extensive defects you can cover the front of imperfect teeth with bonded porcelain veneers or completely cap a tooth with a custom crown.

Tooth restorations. If you have missing teeth marring your smile, you have several options. The top choice: dental implants, which replaces the root of the tooth and will be able to have a crown attached to it. An implant can thus restore both better function and appearance. For more affordable options, you can also turn to fixed bridges or removable dentures. The latter can be custom designed to replace all the teeth on a jaw arch or just a few in different locations.

Gum enhancements. Teeth aren’t the only part of your smile that might need a helpful touch—your gums’ appearance might also be a problem. There are cosmetic procedures including plastic surgery and tissue grafting that can help correct overly prominent “gummy” smiles or, at the other end of the spectrum, longer appearing teeth because of gum recession.

Orthodontics. If you have extended time before the wedding date, we may be able to correct crooked teeth or a poor bite (malocclusion) that’s adversely impacting your smile. In some cases, you may be able to choose clear aligners, removable plastic trays that are hardly noticeable to others, over more visible braces to correct your bite.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry for lifetime events, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.