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July 07, 2019
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.”

By Corley Family Dental
August 14, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Bonding   Dentistry   Bonding  
Some dental procedures are only meant for teenagers and adults, but there are many that can be used for children, as well. Bonding is one of them. Drs. Natalie Corley and Chad Corley are trained in pediatric dentistry and can give expert care in bonding for Decatur children. Dental Bonding for Children

Dental bonding can be an option for a child if:

  • A decayed tooth needs repaired
  • A chipped or cracked tooth needs repaired
  • The appearance of the tooth needs improved
  • The shape of the tooth needs changed
  • The tooth root has been exposed when gums recede
Tooth bonding can also be used for tooth fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth, depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.

What to Expect with Dental Bonding

In order to know what to expect for your child’s dental bonding appointment, we have listed the procedure for you here:
  • Preparation: Little preparation is needed for dental bonding. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless it is being used to fill in a decayed tooth. A shade guide will be used to select a composite resin color, which will closely match the color of your child’s tooth.
  • The bonding process: The surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid is 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, Dr. Corley will further trim and shape it and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
  • Time frame: Dental bonding typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
The resin from the tooth bonding may need to be replaced with more permanent restorations after your child is fully grown because the bonded resin may wear over time. It may also stain and dull with age. As your child has completed growth, a more permanent restoration such as porcelain veneers or a crown may be necessary.
We also recommend that a custom fitted mouthguard be used during your child’s physical activities to prevent other teeth from getting damaged. If your child has a chipped or damaged tooth, contact our Decatur pediatric and family dental office today at (217) 330-6217 to schedule an appointment, or to discuss questions about bonding for your child.

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