Cosmetic Tooth Bonding | Bailey Family Dental

Cosmetic bonding is a process in which your dentist uses specially formulated tooth-colored material to repair minor defects on the surface of your teeth. The bonding material itself is a type of composite resin — a tough, translucent mixture of plastic and glass components that mimics the pearly-white appearance of your teeth to a high degree. The material also bonds (links up) so well with the natural tooth structure that this relatively simple and inexpensive treatment can last for a number of years.

Q: What types of defects can tooth bonding repair?
A: Bonding can be used to remedy several different kinds of flaws in your smile. Small chips, cracks and areas of discoloration can be easily treated via cosmetic bonding. It can even be used to fix minor spacing irregularities. Best of all, because composite resin is available in various shades to match the natural color of your teeth, it’s almost impossible to tell which tooth has been treated.Tooth Bonding, Cosmetic Dentists, Hartland Dentists

Q: What are the pluses and minuses of cosmetic bonding?
A: Bonding is a procedure that can be done right in the dental office, without involving a laboratory — that’s why it is typically an easy, cost-effective treatment that can be accomplished in a single visit. It’s a great solution for restoring minor flaws that don’t extend very far into the tooth’s structure. It’s also ideal for teenagers, who may have to wait until they stop growing before getting a more permanent restoration. But bonding normally isn’t as long-lasting as some other restoration techniques, such as veneers or crowns. However, with proper care, a bonded tooth can keep looking good for years.

Q: What is the bonding procedure like?
A: Bonding is a minimally invasive, reversible treatment that normally causes little or no discomfort. The tooth being treated is first thoroughly cleaned, and then “etched” with a gel that microscopically roughens its surface. Next, the gel is rinsed off, and liquid composite resin (in a shade chosen to match the tooth) is painted on with a brush. Then, the bonding material is cured (hardened) using a special light. After it has cured, another layer may be applied; this process can be repeated several times to build up a thicker coating. Finally, a dental instrument is used to shape the built-up material into its final, pleasing form.8d1f6-baileylogo

Q: Do bonded teeth require special care?
A: Not really… but like all teeth, they should be brushed and flossed daily, and professionally cleaned at the dental office twice a year. Bonded teeth can also become stained from tobacco use, red wine and coffee — but unlike regular teeth, bonded teeth can’t be lightened. So if you’re considering tooth-whitening treatments, have them done before your teeth are bonded.

If you have questions about whether cosmetic bonding could help your smile look its best, 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 “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

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Electronic Cigarettes and your Teeth | Hartland Dentists Bailey Family Dental

With the new e-cigarette trend, users have been told that the vapors from these kinds of cigarettes do not harm their teeth.

The real truth is that  any form of nicotine whether from traditional cigarettes or electronic ones can cause periodontal disease.

More Dental Problems in Teens Due to E- Cigarettes

Currently there seems to be no real regulations on who can get their hands on these e-cigarettes, and thus kids are dabbling in the use of e-cigarettes under the auspices that it is perfectly safe. The real truth is that nicotine decreases the blood flow in your body.

 Bailey Family Dental Personalized Dental Care From our Family To yours. Providing Complete Dental Care to Families located in Waukesha, Oconomowoc, and Hartland Wi. From the moment you walk in the door, you’ll be welcomed by a caring staff in a relaxed, stress-free environment where the whole family can feel at ease.  At Bailey Family Dental, Drs. Terese and Richard Bailey are committed to your individual attention and strive to provide personalized oral health care tailored to your unique dental needs and goals.  Your health and comfort are our top priorities.  Whether you are looking for information on general dentistry, teeth whitening, crowns, children’s dentistry, preventive care, or periodontal exams, you can learn more about all of your options from our services page.  Feel free to contact our Hartland office with any questions.  We look forward to making each visit to our office a positive experience.

Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it reduces blood flow. As a result, less oxygen and nutrients are fed to the gums. If less oxygen reaches the gums, a smoker has a higher probability of suffering from gum disease over their life.

 Since more teenagers are using e-cigarettes, there has been an increase of gum disease in younger people. This is why regular checkups are crucial, especially if you smoke traditional or e-cigarettes. Once the gum disease begins, it can spread throughout your mouth and affect your blood stream if ignored. It is important to visit your dentist like the ones at Bailey Family Dental in Hartland Wi regardless if your are a traditional smoker or e-cig smoker.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Gum recession
  • Bleeding or inflamed gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Tooth loss

With less oxygen and nutrients reaching the gum line, your gums can become recessed, bleed, experience inflammation, along with many other issues. For instance, you can be experiencing a loose tooth, bad breath, sores in your mouth and tooth loss. Nicotine can cause all of these symptoms and more. Nicotine can also lead to mouth and lung cancer. Additionally, smokers experience yellowing of their teeth, which requires teeth bleaching and other treatment.

Regardless of whether e-cigarettes are promoted as a “healthier” alternative to smoking, any form of nicotine puts your teeth, gums, and jaw at risk for dental health problems. The best method of preventing periodontal disease is to floss regularly, avoid nicotine, visit a dentist regularly, and eat well.

Serving Waukesha, Oconomowoc, and Hartland Wisconsin, Bailey Family Dental is most concerned with your comfort. Hartland Dentists Drs Terese and Richard Bailey and their friendly staff will explain treatment options and give estimates before you begin your treatments. To learn more, feel free to go to our website at http://www.bailyfamilydental.com, or call us at 262-369-8633. Our office is located at 557 Cottonwood avenue, Hartland Wisconsin.