- September 8, 2016
Perfect teeth are extremely rare. Even if you are one of the people who was blessed with such teeth, it’s hard to keep them that way.
Teeth can become chipped and worn down by the things we eat or by habits like using our teeth to open things. And while a vast majority of us make oral hygiene a part of our everyday routines, it’s also true that more than 90 percent of us will have at least one cavity during our lives.
Our dentist can address both of those issues quickly and effectively if you live in our near Williamsburg, VA.
By using composite resin, Historic Triangle Dental Care can fix those problems with some of the simplest restorative dental treatments available.
Dental Bonding: For When You Chip A Tooth
Try to think of all the ways you could chip your teeth:
▪︎ You get hit in the mouth with a football.
▪︎ You trip, fall, and hit something hard with your mouth.
▪︎ You bite down on a “jawbreaker” that lives up to its name.
▪︎ You get so distracted looking at your cell phone that you walk into a pole.
▪︎ You grind your teeth together.
We could go on, and we are sure you can think of several more things. The point is that our teeth can become chipped or worn down in all kinds of ways.
When this happens, you may decide that you don’t like how this affects the appearance of your teeth. Likewise, this can cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile.
One solution for this would be to get a dental crown, and certainly, there are times when a crown is necessary. A deep chip would be more like a break. This could expose the inner layers of a tooth to bacteria. In those cases, it may be a good precautionary to get a dental crown to prevent an infection.
Getting a crown involves removing a portion of your tooth to form an abutment where that crown can be bonded in place.
However, a dental crown may be more than it necessary with a chipped or worn down tooth. In those situations, dental bonding often can restore the shape and function of your tooth.
The composite resin used for dental bonding is layered onto your tooth as needed. When this resin hardens, your tooth will look like itself again, and that can help you feel confident and comfortable sharing your smile again.
That same composite resin can double as a dental filling, and there are some reasons you may want to consider this kind of filling.
Any filling needs to accomplish two things. After the decay is removed from your tooth, the filling material should fill in the hole in your tooth. In doing so, the filling will restore the shape of that tooth and protect that part of your tooth from bacteria.
Without question, gold and amalgam (mercury with a combination of one or more other metals like silver, tin, and copper) will do those jobs. It’s also unquestionable that gold and amalgam fillings are made of metal, and those metals can stand out when placed next to your teeth.
Composite fillings can provide both the restorative and protective functions as well. The difference is that composite fillings or tooth-colored fillings blend in rather than stand out when you open your mouth or smile.
You may have a cavity some day, but that doesn’t mean that everyone else needs to know about it, too.
What if you had a cavity years ago? If so, then there will come a time when your filling needs to be replaced. This is another thing that all filling material have in common. They become worn down. They chip or crack. In the worst cases scenarios, they can even come loose or fall out.
If you are coming to our dentist office for routine cleanings and examinations, we will keep an eye on your fillings and let you know if they need to be replaced.
When that time comes, we can always replace your old gold or amalgam filling with a composite one.
Easy Reasons To Keep Smiling
Restorative dentistry includes everything from dental crowns to root canals to dental implant-supported dentures. We can help with all of those things at Historic Triangle Dental Care..
But we also prefer to do things the simple way when we can. Dental bonding and composite fillings are the simplest ways to remake your smile.