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By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
February 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding  

Bonding your teeth is a low-maintenance and budget-friendly option for enhancing your smile.

If you're considering a cosmetic dentistry procedure, you're in good company. It is estimated that Americans spend $2.75 billion on improving the overall appearance of their teeth each year. Dental bonding, in which a plastic resin that matches the color of the Bondingenamel is applied to the surface of the teeth, is one of the most affordable and non-invasive procedures available at Dr. Timothy Bui's office. Read on to learn more:

Budget-Conscious, Rapid Results

Bonding. also referred to as adhesive dentistry, is among some of the most cost-effective and quick cosmetic dentistry procedures available today. It may even be covered by insurance if it is intended to fill a cavity or repair a tooth's structure. The composite resin is easily molded by your Newport Beach dentist, meaning that it will not entail several appointments for fitting and reshaping, as veneers or other restorations often require. Appointments typically take less than an hour; longer if multiple teeth need bonded. Most of the time, anesthesia is not necessary, except in some cases of cavity fillings.

Best Candidates for Bonding

The tooth-colored resin can be used to repair small yet visible cavities. It can also fill small spaces in between teeth. The resin can also extend the length of the teeth and correct chips or cracks. Care must be taken not to chip the bonding material once it is applied. Chewing on hard objects such as pens or ice is discouraged. A whitening regimen may need to be used prior to bonding if the teeth are considerably discolored. If your teeth have sustained a considerable amount of damage, they may be better suited for other restorations such as crowns or veneers.

With proper care, bonding can last many years. Talk to the dental professionals at Dr. Bui's office in Newport Beach to determine if this procedure can help restore confidence about your smile!

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
December 29, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  

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.”