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By Dr. David Kahn, DMD & Dr. John Pergolizzi, DMD
June 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding  

Are you concerned about chips and cracks in your teeth but don't want to spend a lot of money to correct minor cosmetic issues? Bonding offers a simple, inexpensive way to improve the appearance of teeth damaged by cracks and chips. Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi, your Ringwood, NJ dentists, explain how bonding can transform your smile.Bonding

What is bonding?

The bonding material your dentist uses to repair teeth is made of composite resin, a plastic-based material that is very flexible. Composite bonding resembles putty and can be shaped by hand to fit the cracked or chipped areas of your teeth. Although the material is soft when it's placed on your teeth, it quickly hardens and becomes just as tough as your natural tooth enamel.

When is bonding recommended?

Bonding is a very versatile material that is used to:

  • Cover chips and cracks
  • Protect exposed tooth roots
  • Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Make oddly shaped teeth look more uniform
  • Increase the length of short teeth
  • Fill teeth

What happens during the bonding process?

Preparation is an important part of the bonding process. Before using the bonding material, your Ringwood dentist will lightly etch your tooth and apply a pre-bonding liquid. These steps will help ensure that the material adheres well to your teeth. Composite resin is available in a variety of tooth-colored shades. Your dentist will hold up bonding samples to your teeth and choose the shade that most closely matches your teeth.

After the tooth is prepared, your dentist will shape and apply the composite resin material. He'll use an ultraviolet light to cure the resin, which will ensure that it's hard enough to withstand chewing and biting. After the tooth is polished, you won't be able to tell that you once had a crack or chip when you look in the mirror.

Don't let chips and cracks may you feel self-conscious about your smile. Call Dr. Kahn or Dr. Pergolizzi, your dentists in Ringwood, NJ, at (973) 835-3900 and schedule an appointment today. Restore your smile with dental bonding!

By Dr David Kahn, DMD & Dr John Pergolizzi, DMD
August 13, 2015
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.”

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Dr David Kahn, DMD & Dr John Pergolizzi, DMD

(973) 835-3900
Dentist in Ringwood, NJ
Dr. David Kahn, DMD & Dr. John Pergolizzi, DMD
10 Greenwood Lake Tpke
Ringwood, NJ 07456
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