Issaquah Dental Bonding
Dental Bonding in Issaquah
Many patients mistakenly think that cosmetic dentistry always involves invasive surgery or high costs. At Eastside Family Dentistry, we offer dental bonding as a completely non-invasive and affordable cosmetic option. With this treatment, you can enhance your smile in just a single appointment and improve chips, discolorations, small gaps, or misshapen teeth.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment that involves the application of a special dental resin to fill in imperfections and restore your teeth, providing you with a more even, appealing smile. Dr. Cristescu will apply the resin directly to your teeth, and mold it to give your teeth proper shape and color. Dental bonding can be used to treat minor imperfections like chips, gaps, staining, and other minor issues.
Understanding The Dental Bonding Process
The first step of dental bonding is to clean your teeth and prepare them for the application of the dental resin. Then, Dr. Cristescu will select a resin that matches the color of your surrounding teeth, and apply it directly to your tooth. Using special tools, she will modify the resin until it’s the proper shape and size. Then, a UV light is used to harden the resin. Once the resin has hardened, Dr. Cristescu will trim the resin to refine the shape even further, and sculpt it until it looks completely natural. Then, the tooth will be polished and buffed, and the procedure is complete. The entire process usually takes only about 30-60 minutes per tooth.
The Benefits Of Dental Bonding
- Affordable – Dental bonding is often more affordable than comparable treatments like veneers or cosmetic crowns, making it a better option for cosmetic dentistry if you’re on a tight budget.
- Natural look and feel – The dental resin looks just like your natural tooth enamel because Dr. Cristescu chooses the precise color of your surrounding teeth before applying it. Your tooth will look natural to others, and feel completely natural in your mouth!
- Non-invasive – Unlike a veneer or crown, no enamel is removed during the dental bonding process. This means your natural enamel is preserved, and there is no drilling or discomfort during the procedure. Most patients do not even need to be numbed during the bonding procedure.
- Fast results – You can have multiple teeth bonded in one appointment, and restore your smile in just a single day at Eastside Family Dentistry. There are quite a few problems that fall under the category of an emergency. If you aren’t sure, call us and we can tell you. Having an injury to your teeth or gums directly, especially if there is bleeding or your teeth have shifted, is definitely considered an emergency. Do what you can to stop the bleeding by putting pressure on the injured area, and call us immediately. The same goes if you fell and your teeth were part of the impact.
- Knocked Out Teeth – If you have a knocked out tooth, then you definitely need to come in and see us. Pick the tooth up by the white part (the crown), ideally by where you would chew. Gently rinse the tooth in a little bit of water, and place the tooth in a small jar or container filled with saliva or milk. This will preserve the tooth while you travel to our office.
- Oral Burns – If you ate something that was far too hot, this is likely going to leave you in pain. If your mouth blistered, then drink something cool and keep the area clean. Don’t eat anything else that is hot, and don’t eat anything crunchy or salty as this could irritate the blisters. If there is no bleeding, then you can likely come in at our next appointment opening. However, if you do have bleeding, contact us and find out what the best care option would be.
- Loose Teeth – If a tooth got knocked loose, take a little paper towel or ideally gauze and hold the tooth in place, but don’t bite down hard. Come in and see us so we can determine if the tooth is still alive, and so we can set the tooth to heal if it is. Most teeth that are knocked loose are able to be salvaged, but it is important to let it heal properly.
- Pain and Swelling – See your dentist right away because gum pain or swelling can be the symptoms of an abscess (infection) that forms in gum tissue or in a tooth’s root and the area that surrounds it. There are many reasons why gums can swell, become painful, or abscessed. It is possible that you may need a root canal or an extraction. Only a thorough exam by your Dentist can identify the underlying cause.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Bonding? What Can It Treat?
Dental bonding is a highly-versatile procedure, and it can be used to correct a wide variety of cosmetic issues. Typically, dental bonding can treat the following:
- Slightly chipped or cracked teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth that can’t be treated with teeth whitening
- Reshaping teeth to make them look longer or wider
- Reducing gaps between teeth
- Correcting the size of misshapen or small teeth
If you are self-conscious about your smile and you think you could benefit from treatment for one of the above issues, dental bonding may be right for you. In addition, to be a good candidate for dental bonding, your mouth must be healthy and free of major issues like tooth decay or gum disease.
Dental bonding is also not a restorative treatment so it will not restore your teeth if they are seriously damaged or decayed. An alternative treatment like a dental crown may be required to treat cracked, broken or decayed teeth will be needed before you can proceed with a cosmetic procedure like dental bonding.
How Long Do Bonded Teeth Last?
The lifespan of a bonded too largely depends on how well you care for your bonded teeth. With proper care, they can last anywhere from 3-10 years or longer. If you care for your bonded teeth by brushing and flossing properly, seeing Dr. Cristescu for regular six-month teeth cleanings and oral exams, you can ensure that your new smile will last you for years to come. And, in the rare case that your bonded tooth is damaged, we can quickly restore it and help you get your smile back. While dental bonding may not be as durable as veneers or cosmetic crowns, they do provide a good option for patients who are interested in cosmetic treatments but would like to stay within a budget.
What Special Treatment Is Required for a Bonded Tooth?
Bonded teeth do not require any special care when it comes to cleaning hygiene. Just continue brushing and flossing as usual and come in to Eastside Family Dentistry for routine checkups and exams to keep your bonded teeth healthy and strong.
To avoid accidentally damaging, chipping or dislodging your bonded teeth, it is important to follow a few precautions. First, avoid chewing hard foods such as ice and nuts with your bonded teeth. Instead, use your rear molars to chew these foods. This reduces the risk of cracking or dislodging the bonding material.
You should also avoid chewing non-food objects (fingernails, pens, etc.) with your teeth. Try not to use them as tools to do things like open bags and packages as this can also dislodge or damage the bonding material.
In addition, it is important to wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports to protect both your bonded teeth and your natural teeth. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, it is a good idea to get a nightguard to protect your bonded teeth while you sleep.
If you follow this advice, you will be able to prevent premature damage to your bonded teeth and make sure your smile looks great for years to come.
Schedule a Consultation With Eastside Family Dentistry!
At Eastside Family Dentistry, Dr. Cristescu can provide you with a comprehensive cosmetic consultation, and discuss all of your options for restoring your smile. To get started, just contact us at (425) 391-9200, or come to our office at 175 NE Gilman Blvd, Suite 101, Issaquah, WA 98027.
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