Chipped, Cracked, Misshapen or Decaying Teeth?
Are you experiencing any of these things? If so, dental bonding can help restore your oral health and happiness. Dental bonding can be used to repair decaying, chipped or cracked teeth or improve the appearnce of discolored teeth. It can also help restore your smile by making teeth look longer, wider, or more aesthetically pleasing.
Local Dental Bonding Experts
If you have a small imperfection in one or more teeth but a veneer or crown is unnecessary, you may be an excellent candidate for cosmetic dental bonding. Manalapan, NJ, dental bonding dentists Dr. James Courey and Dr. Joseph Zagami of Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey can restore the beauty of your smile without having to remove excess enamel. Imagine enjoying a vibrant, brilliant smile — sans the discomfort or expense of other popular cosmetic dentistry options.
Cosmetic dental bonding by the dentist in our Manalapan, NJ, office is the application of composite resin material to the existing tooth. Bonding is used for filling cavities, masking discolored teeth, masking imperfections, repairing fractures, and making cosmetic improvements to the natural tooth — usually in one appointment.
Dental bonding offers patients many advantages but it is not suitable for everyone. A dental bond is not as strong as veneers and crowns, and it may not resist stains from coffee, tea, tobacco or red wine. Nevertheless, a dental bond often makes a suitable substitute for a filling as bonds can fill cavities. And they’re a better choice for low-pressure areas such as the front teeth. Voted year after year as one of the top tooth bonding dentists in Manalapan, NJ, and the entire state, Dr. Courey can help you decide if dental bonding is right for you.
How is Composite Resin Bonding Done?
Cosmetic tooth bonding uses of the composite resin to fix chipped, cracked, spaced, or uneven teeth. Dr. Courey or Dr. Zagami applies the resin to the etched natural tooth to achieve the desired esthetic effect. Very little natural tooth reduction is necessary and usually no anesthesia is needed. If the dentist is filling a cavity with bonding material, local anesthesia or sedation dentistry may be necessary.
An ultraviolet light hardens the resin onto your natural tooth. After it is dry, the dentist will spend a few moments shaping and polishing the bonded tooth. This ensures the size and sheen of the bonded tooth blends in with the adjacent teeth.
Am I a Candidate for Composite Resin Bonding?
Strong candidates for tooth bonding are those who have white or brown spots or staining due to excessive wear or silver fillings, are not heavy smokers or coffee drinkers, and those who want a less invasive, cost-effective option. Bonding is best suited for patients with minor oral health problems.
Have You Experienced Mouth Trauma?
Trauma to the mouth can cause an array of problems, from a chipped tooth to a tooth that is completely broken off. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry is a special aspect of dentistry that addresses repairs to damaged teeth. Teeth are not indestructible, even with the best dental hygiene practices. The best treatment will vary dependent on how badly the tooth and its supporting structures are damaged.
One of the first things our prosthodontic specialist will do for a chipped tooth is assess how the injury occurred and take dental X-rays or CAT scan. Our dental bonding dentists will also ask about any pain you may be having as a result of the injury. If there is little or no pain and the dental x-rays show no root damage, we may repair the tooth in one of a few different ways.
Types of Dental Repair Based Off Tooth Damage
- If the tooth is only slightly chipped, our dental bonding specialists may be able to file the tooth smooth again. He or she may also recommend doing nothing if the damage is very minimal, although even minor chips are often treated with either composite bonding and fillings or porcelain veneers. Veneers are bonded directly to the tooth, giving it a smooth, natural appearance.
- If a tooth is chipped badly or there is pain when chewing or drinking, it may need a crown. A crown is a cap that covers the tooth and both protects it and improves its appearance. Similarly, a badly chipped tooth may also be filled. The same fillings a dentist uses to repair a tooth damaged by cavities can also be used to repair a chip. Veneers, crowns, and fillings can all be made to match existing teeth.
- When the damage turns out to be more extensive, greater repairs may be required. A damaged root may require that the tooth be extracted and replaced. If a filling, crown, or veneer becomes chipped, it will also need to be fixed.
Anyone who suffers trauma or injury to the mouth and who experiences damage to the teeth or pain should visit a dentist as soon as possible. Any part of the tooth that is broken off should be brought along, if possible. Sometimes, a chipped or broken tooth can be repaired easily if attention is immediate. Waiting only increases the likelihood of further deterioration caused by unseen damage.
Maintaining Bonded Teeth
Bonded teeth often require professional finishing by our dentist in Manalapan once every few years. Tips for maintaining your bonded teeth include using a nightguard, refrain from smoking, have your teeth cleaned three or four times a year, avoid chewing ice or biting fingernails, and minimize your consumption of stain-causing food and drink.
A nightguard or a different medical appliance might be made to help protect your crowns from fracture, especially if you clench or grind your teeth.
Contact Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey for a Consultation
Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ) provides dental bonding to the Freehold, NJ area. Located in Manalapan, Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey serves the areas of Old Bridge, Morganville, Marlboro, East Brunswick, North Brunswick, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Contact us or schedule a consultation today.
Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ) provides dental bonding to the Manalapan, NJ area. Located in Manalapan, Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey serves the areas
of Freehold, Old Bridge, Morganville, Marlboro, East Brunswick, North Brunswick, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey.