Dental bonding is a procedure in which a
tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and
hardened with a special light, which ultimately "bonds" the material
to the tooth to restore or improve person's smile.
For What Conditions Is Dental Bonding Considered?
Dental bonding is an option that can be
·To repair decayed teeth
(composite resins are used to fill cavities)
·To repair chipped or cracked teeth
·To improve the appearance of
·To close spaces between teeth
·To make teeth look longer
·To change the shape of teeth
·As a cosmetic alternative to
·To protect a portion of the
tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede
What's the Procedure for Having a Tooth Bonded?
·Preparation. Little advance preparation is
needed for dental bonding. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding
is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Your dentist will use a shade guide to
select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth.
·The bonding process. Next, the
surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid applied. These
procedures help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored,
putty-like resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. An
ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the material. After the
material is hardened, your dentist will further trim and shape it, and polish
it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?
·Advantages: Dental bonding is among the
easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike veneers and
crowns, which are customized tooth coverings that must be manufactured in a
laboratory, bonding usually can be done in one office visit unless several
teeth are involved. Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is
that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed. Also, unless dental bonding
is being performed to fill a cavity, anesthesia is usually not required.
the material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain resistant, it does not
resist stains as well as crowns. Another disadvantage is that the bonding
materials do not last as long nor are as strong as other restorative
procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. Additionally, bonding
materials can chip and break off the tooth.
Because of some of the limitations of dental
bonding, some dentists view it as best suited for small cosmetic changes, for
temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and for correction of teeth in areas
of very low bite pressure (for example, front teeth). Consult with your dentist
about the best cosmetic approach for your particular problem.
There are several reasons why some people's
teeth grow in crooked, overlapping, or twisted. Some people's mouths are too
small for their teeth, which crowds the teeth and causes them to shift. In other
cases, a person's upper and lower jaws aren't the same size or are malformed,
resulting in either an overbite, when there is excessive protrusion of the
upper jaw, or an under bite, when the lower jaw protrudes forward causing the
lower jaw and teeth to extend out beyond the upper teeth.
Most often crooked teeth, overbites, and
under bites are inherited traits just as the color of your eyes or size of your
hands. Other causes of misaligned bites are early loss of baby or adult teeth;
improper fit of dental restorations (for example, fillings or crowns);
gingivitis (gum disease); undue pressure on the teeth and gums; misalignment of
jaw after severe facial injury; tumors of the mouth or jaw; or common oral
health problems in children such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, pacifier
use beyond the age of three, or prolonged use of a bottle.
What Problems Come With Crooked Teeth and Misaligned Bites?
Crooked teeth and misaligned bites can:
·Interfere with proper chewing.
·Make keeping teeth clean more of
a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis.
·Strain the teeth, jaws, and
muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth.
·Make people feel self-conscious
about their appearance and affect their self-esteem.
How Do I Know if My Teeth Are Crooked or My Bite Is Misaligned?
While you can see for yourself if your teeth
are crooked, your dentist can determine if your problem warrants treatment.
Your dentist will look for the following signs:
·Abnormal alignment of your teeth
·Abnormal appearance of your face
·Difficulty or discomfort when
chewing or biting
·Speech difficulties, including a
Your dentist will usually refer you to an
orthodontist --a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of
crooked teeth and misaligned jaws.
What Tests Can I Expect at the Orthodontist?
The orthodontist will likely take X-rays,
photographs of your face, and teeth impressions to determine if and what type
of treatment is needed. X-rays provide information on the position of your
teeth and roots and if any teeth have yet to come through the gums. Special
cephalometrics or panoramic X-rays show the relationship of the teeth to the
jaws and the jaws to the head. Your orthodontist may also want to take regular
photographs of your face to further examine the relationship between your
teeth, jaws, and head. Finally, impressions may be made of your teeth. This is
done by having you bite down on a soft material that is later used to create an
exact copy of your teeth.
How Are Crooked Teeth and Misaligned Bites Treated?
Once a diagnosis is made, your orthodontist
can decide the best treatment for your teeth or misaligned bite. For some
people, a removable retainer (to stabilize the new position of teeth) will be
all that's needed to correct the problem. Removal of one or more teeth may be
required if overcrowding is the main problem. For most people, braces are
necessary to correct the problem. In rare and extreme cases, such as an extreme
overbite or under bite, an operation may be necessary.
Teeth? Why Not ‘Grow’ New Ones? Dental Implants Prescott Valley AZ
Dental implants are the ideal way to replace lost teeth. From
the front of the mouth, where they are most visible, to the
back, where they provide stability to chew a full variety of
foods, implants can help you recapture a beautiful and healthy
smile. Unlike bridges or removable dentures, which sit on top of
the gums, dental implants are placed under the gums. The “tooth”
placed on an implant appears life-like, because it comes through
the gums just like the original did – it’s like growing a new
tooth! Implants can be used to replace any number of lost teeth.
Even people with no teeth can benefit from implants, because
they can replace their dentures with teeth that don’t move
around when they talk, and don’t need to be taken out at night.
Because we handle the entire process from implant placement to
crown fabrication, there’s no need to be referred to another
office. Call for a no-obligation implant consultation today.
Jerome Cutler is pleased to be able to offer beautiful smiles to
his neighbors in Prescott Valley, and the surrounding
Dr. Cutler earned his dental degree from the University of the
Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, after earning his
bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego. He has taken numerous
postgraduate education courses, specifically selecting courses
focusing on implant placement and restoration, cosmetic
dentistry, and the most recent advancements dentistry has to
offer. He also has obtained training in laser gum surgery. His
commitment to lifelong education ensures the highest level of
care, today and tomorrow. Dr. Cutler's drive to create
availability of modern dentistry with a sharp eye on detail and
reasonable pricing allows him to provide the dental care that
serves his patients' needs. Dr. Cutler thrives on providing the
options that each individual can choose for their best interest.
In his spare time, Dr. Cutler enjoys outdoor activities and
spending time with his family.
Makeovers’ in as Little as Two Visits!
If you have misshapen teeth, unsightly gaps, or deep
discoloration, our porcelain veneers may be the answer. Veneers
are thin porcelain coverings that fit over and are bonded to
your teeth, look natural, and are made from the most advanced
dental ceramic available. We also feature Lumineers™. These are
contact-lens thin and super translucent. Since Lumineers are so
thin, little to no tooth reduction is necessary. Often times you
won't even need a shot!