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By The Dental Spa
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Bonding ProcedureAre you suffering from tooth decay? Do you need your cavities filled? Well, with dental bondings, that's no problem. Here in Lake Ridge and Woodbridge, VA, dentist, Dr. Marv Thomas can help you get the healthier and whiter smile you want.

Bonding uses tooth-colored materials called “composite resins,” which consist of a mixture of plastic and glass, to provide translucency and strength, and hide cosmetically unattractive defects. The composite bonds with the rest of your tooth and fixes:

  • Chips
  • Fractures
  • Minor spacing
  • Irregularities
  • Discoloration

The procedure doesn't involve laboratory work and is completed in 30 minutes to an hour in your doctor's Lake Ridge or Woodbridge, VA, office. In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your dentist will apply an etching solution to the surface of your tooth, then composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied and molded to the right shape. Then your doctor uses a curing light to harden composite.

After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural.

Some other advantages include:

  • Your teeth will look natural so you won't feel self-conscious when you smile, as mentioned above
  • The composite strengthens your teeth, so you can enjoy your meals without having to worry about applying too much pressure on your tooth

Preventative care is key to maintaining your dental health and dental bondings. Dental bondings should be cared for like natural teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, and floss at least once. This will help keep your teeth healthy and avoid new cavities from flourishing in your new composite bonding, or any of your other teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns about dental bonding in Lake Ridge and Woodbridge, VA, then call your dentist at (703) 580-8288 or (703) 580-1443.

By The Dental Spa
December 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  
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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.”



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