Dental Implant Aftercare Guide

implant-diagramIf you’ve recently made this wise decision to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you may be curious how you should go about taking proper care of your dental implants after the procedure.

Your dentist will give you proper instructions to take care of your newly installed dental implants, and it’s very important that you follow them. The success of your dental implant ultimately depends on how well you take care of your implant. If you plan on keeping your implant for the long run, you must follow this aftercare guide:

Be sure to consume carefully. You’ll need to stick to eating soft foods for the first few days after your implants have been placed, then gradually start re-introducing harder foods as your implant starts to heal. Be sure to avoid the implant when eating, and also avoid swishing liquids around your mouth for the first week after the procedure.

Do not bother the implants. Immediately after you have your dental implant installed, you should refrain from bothering it. Agitating your newly placed dental implant will only prolong the healing process, and could potentially lead to additional issues.

Ice the affected area. Don’t be alarmed if certain areas of your face swell after the dental implant procedure; it’s extremely common. To help reduce the swelling, apply an ice pack or frozen peas covered in a cloth to the affected area. Most of the swelling should be gone within 3-5 days.

Good oral hygiene is essential. The surgery site must be kept clean and free of infection in order to heal properly. Your dentist may prescribe a medicated mouthwash you should use as directed. You can also rinse with a salt water solution 4-5 times a day. Also, be sure to brush your teeth as you normally would with a soft-bristled tooth brush and gently brush around the dental implant.

Reduce your level of activity. Keep your physical activity to a minimum immediately following the dental implant surgery. Throbbing and bleeding may occur if you do exercise, and if it does occur, you should discontinue exercising. Continue taking in normal nourishment; not doing so can weaken you and further limit your exercise.

It can take between three to six months for the dental implant itself to integrate with the jawbone and reach full strength, and another two months for the crown to be fabricated and fitted. However, this time frame varies from person to person. Your dentist should be able to give you a more accurate idea of how long it will to complete the entire treatment.

If have any questions or concerns regarding dental implants, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek at 925-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com for additional information.

A Simplified Guide for a Dental Implant Procedure

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If you’ve been told that you need to have your teeth removed or already have missing teeth, it may be time to consider what type of dental procedure you want to have to replace those damaged or missing teeth.

Fortunately, there are many options for replacing severally damaged or missing teeth, one of the many being dental implants. Dental implants are artificial roots that are integrated into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth.

Dental implants are a very ideal and effective dental treatment, while also being considerably more predictable compared to the alternative treatments. The following includes a simplified guide for a dental implant procedure.

Dental Implant Consultation

If you’ve made the choice to replace some missing teeth with dental implants, you’ll need to discuss your individual case with a dental implant specialist. Once you’ve both agreed on the best option, you will be provided with the following information:

  • The cost of the dental implant procedure
  • What is included and excluded with those costs
  • The potential risks and benefits of dental implants
  • If dental sedation is offered and if so, the cost
  • How many appointments will be required
  • What type of care the dental practice will offer
  • What level of commitment is required from you

By this point, you should have all of the information you need to make an informed choice about whether you want to move forward with the treatment or not.

The Implant Planning Stage

This is the stage where you may be required to visit the dentist office two or three times, and also may have x-rays or CT scans done. This is to show your dentist the exact dimensions and density of the bone where your implant is going to be placed, and the surgeon that will place the dental implant precisely.

During this time, the way your top and bottom teeth/jaws meet will also be accessed. This is done to allow the dental technician to replicate the way your jaw moves in the dental lab when they are finishing your permanent crown.

Throughout this phase, your implantologist and dental technician will being working very closely together to plan and decide where the final restoration will be placed.

Dental Implant Placement and Healing

Thanks to the advancements in dentistry techniques, dental implants procedures can be made comfortable and almost pain-free. If you have high anxiety about the procedure, think about asking your dentist for sedation. This will help ease your anxiety and relax you throughout the dental implant procedure.

First, your dentist will drill a hole into your bone which will match the exact diameter of the implant. Then, the dental implant will be placed into the hole and your gums will be stitched over the top. In most cases, your dentist with provide you with some type of temporary tooth replacement.

Once the implant is placed, you will leave the office and wait for the dental implant to properly heal. During the healing phase your gum will heal over the implant and the dental implant itself will integrate into the jawbone, making this phase very important.  The healing process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

The Reconstruction

The reconstruction phase takes place once the integration process has occurred and your implants are secure in your jawbone. During this phase your missing teeth will be replaced with the final crown, which is cemented or screwed onto the dental implant.

The crown is fabricated to look just like your existing teeth, with surface texture, color and shape all customized to seamlessly blend in with your smile.

The Follow Up

Once your crown has been placed, you will then be asked to schedule a follow up appointment to ensure that your dental implant is healing properly and that the implant is everything you imagined it would be.  

As far as ongoing care, you should take care of your dental implant just the way you would your natural teeth. Be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each session, floss at least once a day and use a mouthwash. Also, don’t forget to visit your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings.

If you would like to replace your severally damaged or missing teeth with dental implants, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 to schedule a consultation. Or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com for additional information.

Do You Have Broken or Chipped Teeth?

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The enamel that covers your teeth is considered the strongest tissue in your body, making your teeth very durable. But that doesn’t mean that your teeth can’t still break, crack or chip.

Although very rare, your teeth can become damaged in such ways as a result of the following:

  • Biting into/onto something hard
  • Getting hit in the face or mouth
  • Taking a fall
  • Tooth decay or cavities that weaken the tooth
  • Large, old amalgam filling that doesn’t support the remaining enamel of the tooth

Unless a large enough piece of your tooth breaks, it likely won’t result in pain. However, if a large enough piece of your tooth does happen to break off, causing nerve damage inside of the tooth, it will result in pain. This is usually accompanied with tooth sensitivity, which is more noticeable when you drink or eat hot or cold foods or beverages.

When a tooth breaks or cracks, the pain, if any, often comes and goes. Many people have reported feeling pain when they chew; this is because chewing applies pressure to the damaged tooth.

What YOU Can Do About It

There’s nothing you can do to treat a cracked tooth from home, which is why it’s important to visit your dentist after discovering the damage. Sometimes your tooth may look fine, and only hurts when you eat or when the temperature in your mouth changes from drinking or eating something hot or cold. A serious warning sign that your nerves or blood vessels have been damaged is when your tooth is constantly hurting. You’ll know your tooth is cracked if it doesn’t hurt when you bite down, but is in pain when you release your bite.

Now if you have a broken tooth, it’s important that you see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will be able to identify the cause of the break, and whether its caused damage to the tooth’s nerves. If the nerve is damaged, the tooth will usually require a root canal. While you can’t technically treat a broken tooth, there are some things you can do until you are able to visit your dentist:

  • Rinse your mouth out really well with warm water.
  • If there’s any bleeding, apply gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. If that doesn’t work, use a tea bag and apply pressure to the affected area to stop the bleeding.
  • To help reduce swelling and pain, apply a cold ice pack to your cheek or lips over the broken tooth.
  • If you’re unable to see you dentist immediately, cover the broken tooth with a temporary dental cement. You can find temporary dental cement in a drugstore.
  • Take over-the-counter pain reliever.

What Your Dentist Can Do

Minor Cracks- Also referred as “craze lines”, are surface cracks that’s only affects the tooth enamel. Although these types of cracks rarely need treatment, your dentist may recommend polishing the area to smooth out any rough spots.

Cracked Teeth- This kind of tooth fracture involves the entire tooth, from the chewing surface all the way down to the nerve. The pieces of your tooth remain in place, but the crack gradually worsens. Cracked teeth can sometimes be repaired with filling materials, but oftentimes will need a crown to prevent the crack from worsening. If the tooth’s pulp is damaged, a root canal may be needed as well.

Chipped Teeth- Minor chips aren’t very noticeable and rarely require treatment. In the rare case that it does, your dentist may recommend using a tooth colored filling to make it look and feel better, while also preventing it from worsening.

Split Tooth- If your tooth split in two parts, it will require root canal treatment. Your dentist will have two roots that cannot be saved, and will place a crown over the root. In the worst case, where a root cannot be saved, your tooth will have to be removed.

Split Root or Vertical Breaks- This type of crack starts from the root and extends upwards, and are oftentimes painful. Most times, the tooth will have to be extracted.

Breaking Due To Decay- This is when your tooth has broken because a cavity weakened it from the inside out. Before your dentist is able to recommend you any treatment options to restore your tooth, they’ll first have to evaluate the severity of the condition. In worst cases, if the decay is has progressed down to the bone, your tooth will have to be removed.

There are several treatment options when it comes to repairing broken or chipped teeth. However, you should take precaution and know what you can do to prevent these sort of unfortunate things from occurring. For starters, you can wear a mouth guard while playing sports and avoid chewing on hard foods, especially hard candy.

If you have a broken tooth or suspect that you have a cracked tooth, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com for additional information.

Is Gum Disease Really That Bad for Me?

Oral HealthBrushing your teeth every day doesn’t always prevent harmful bacteria from growing inside of your mouth. If you’re not keeping up with good oral hygiene, that harmful bacteria can lead to gum disease, which is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth.

Though the harmful effects of gum disease have been well documented and highly publicized over the past few years, people still don’t seem to realize how detrimental gum disease can truly be. Not only can gum disease cause bleeding gums and tooth loss, but recent studies have shown that it may also be linked to major health problems.

One possible reason gum disease may be so harmful could be the fact that it’s a bacterial infection, and bacteria can travel anywhere throughout the human body. With that said, below are a few ways gum disease can affect your overall health:

  • It can harm your heart. Several studies have shown that gum disease is associated with heart disease. Although the cause-and-effect link has not been identified, research indicates that gum disease increases the risk of heart disease. Gum disease can also worsen existing heart conditions.
  • It may affect your respiratory system. Inhaling harmful bacteria is known to cause respiratory infections. Studies have shown that the bacteria that grows in your mouth can be inhaled, causing respiratory infections including pneumonia, especially if they are suffering from gum disease.
  • It can make blood sugar tough to control. People who have diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease than those who don’t. This is probably because those with diabetes are more susceptible to infection, including gum disease. Research has found that gum disease can lead to increased blood sugar and diabetic complications.
  • Your memory can suffer. Some research has suggested that people with gum disease may be at a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. While other research has suggested that gum disease may be associated with mild cognitive impairment, such as memory problems that make daily life or tasks more difficult.
  • You may have problems conceiving. Aside from pregnant woman having increased risks of developing to gum disease, one study shows that gum disease can also cause problems with conception, making it harder to become pregnant. Another study found that pregnant woman with gum disease may increase the chances of miscarriage.

If this list doesn’t help you realize how detrimental gum disease can, I don’t know what will. Don’t let gum disease ruin your smile and put you at risk for major health complications.

If you’re suffering from gum disease, make sure to keep it under control by brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing once, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash. Also, remember to visit your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding gum disease, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 today. To learn more Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics, visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.

Foods That Can Naturally Whiten Teeth

Man with white teeth eating strawberry

If I were to tell you that there are foods that can naturally whiten your teeth, would you believe me? Just as certain types of foods can cause stains or discoloration, there are also foods that can have the opposite effect on your teeth.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), certain types of food can naturally cleanse, whiten and even help defend against bad bacteria that could possibly harm your teeth and/or gums.

Our gums and teeth essentially mirror what is going on inside your body, meaning what you consume highly influences the integrity and health of your teeth. Try adding the following foods into diet, and enjoy not only a whiter smile, but also the nutritional benefits that come along with them!

  • Broccoli. When broccoli is eaten raw it acts as a gentle abrasive to the surface of your teeth, which can remove unsightly stains. Broccoli is rich is fiber, and if eaten regularly it can go a long way in preventing gum disease. The iron found in broccoli also provides a barrier that protects your teeth from stains and cavity-causing acids.

 

  • Celery. Say farewell to tooth stains as you munch on a piece of celery. These yummy veggies aren’t just low in calories and packed with nutrients, the fibrous cellulose acts as a natural toothbrush, while the high water content stimulates saliva production.

 

  • Apple. You know the saying “an apple a day will keep the doctor away”. Well, that may also go for a teeth-whitening trip to the dentist as well. Apples act as a natural abrasive and scrub away stains and other food particles. They also contain a high concentration of malic acid, a natural astringent that acts as a bleaching agent.

 

  • Strawberries. Similar to apples, strawberries also contain high levels of malic acid. Strawberries also have the added benefit of being rich in vitamin C, which provides a boost to the immune system, helping aid in fighting off bacterial infections like gum disease.

 

  • Cheese. While the colors of cheese may throw one off, most cheese will not stain teeth. Cheese is high in calcium and phosphorus, which helps provide your teeth with the necessary nutrition to keep your tooth enamel strong and healthy.

 

  • Pineapple. Pineapples are a unique fruit since they are the only food that contains an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is a natural stain remover that helps removes plaque from the surface of your teeth, which prevents tooth erosion and cavities from forming.

 

  • Onions and Garlic. The key is to eat these raw. Doing so will release a bacteria-reducing compound called thiosulfinate. Thiosulfonates promotes healthier teeth by reducing the production of plaque. Also, the fact that garlic and onions are both colorless just ensures that they will not stain teeth.

 

  • Water. Last but definitely not least, we have water. If you ever needed another reason to drink more water, how about the fact that it can help keep your pearly whites shining bright. In addition, drinking water during and after your meals helps rinse your mouth of any food particles and loose plaque.

As you can see there are many ways to naturally whiten teeth and maintain the brightness of your smile. Of course, for a better-looking and healthier smile, regular consumption of these foods isn’t enough. You should also be sure to make it a point to practice proper oral hygiene, and visit your dentist for checkups and professional cleanings on a regular basis.

If you would like to transform your smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry, contact Barmy and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com for information regarding teeth whitening treatments.

 

 

Can Gum Contouring Improve Your Gummy Smile? | Cosmetic Dentistry

dental laser system-154203434Are you embarrassed or insecure about smiling in public due to your gummy smile? If so, there’s no reason not to look into cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as gum contouring, to help improve your smile and confidence. Having a beautiful set of pearly whites can make you feel more confident about yourself and as several studies have shown, that can be very beneficial to one’s metal health.

When gums rest too low or are uneven, it can cause an unsightly look, even if you’re teeth are straight healthy and symmetrical. Many dentals professional refer to this as a gummy smile. Fortunately, a gummy smile can be improved with gum contouring.

Gum Contouring and the Benefits

Gum contouring, a procedure used in cosmetic dentistry, is primarily aimed to help improve a patients gums that have become or are uneven or rest too low. Either of the two can be the result of genetics, particular health problems or taking certain medications. Although this procedure is consider a cosmetic, it’s also been recommended to patients that have suffered from gum recession. Gum recession may not technically be an aesthetic issue, but it can increase certain health risks.

Speaking of health risks, as stated before gum contouring isn’t always just for cosmetic reason, but also used as a medical procedure as well. While gum recession can be just as unsightly as gummy smile, it can actually leave the teeth exposed and more prone to bacterial infection. By having gum contouring done, it can help curd the effects of tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease by sealing the exposed tissues to prevent future oral infections.

How Does Gum Contouring Procedure Work?

In the past, patients with gummy smiles had their gums reduced with a scalpel, which caused bleeding and an uncomfortable recovery.  Now thanks to advances in cosmetic dentistry and laser dentistry, tools such as the diode laser, can be used to sculpt patient’s gums to perfectly compliment their smiles in a quick, simple and almost painless procedure.

To begin the gum contouring process, the patient’s mouth is numbed with local anesthetic to help eliminate any discomfort. Following the local anesthesia your dentist will use the laser to gently remove any excess gum tissue or to eradicate any pockets where to prevent future infections. Dental lasers cauterize while the gum tissue is stripped away, meaning there is less bleeding and a dramatically reduced chance of infection. The entire gum contouring procedure can be done in just one visit to your dentist’s office.

Gum Contouring Recovery

Following the gum contouring procedure, patients should rest and limit activates. You may experience sore or swollen gums for up to a week. The discomfort should be minimal and shouldn’t interfere with daily activities like speaking, eating or drinking. However, you should consume soft foods and avoid food with seeds in it or that is spicy for a few days after the procedure. Your dentist will recommend a pain reliever such as ibuprofen to help manage any discomfort you may have. Be sure to be as gentle as possible when brushing and flossing your teeth.

If you’re interested, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics at 925-934-5526 today to see if you’re an ideal candidate for gum contouring. Or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.

8 Ways to Improve Gum Recession

Beautiful Girl - Close UpMany people suffer from gum recession, it’s sometimes associated with gum disease. Don’t underestimate these symptoms, because they are warning you that there’s a problem with your oral health. While it is unfortunate that there isn’t much you can do to reverse the effects of gum recession, there are several things you can do to prevent your gums from recessing even more.

The following list includes a few ways to help you manage gum recession and improve your oral health:

  • Visit your dentist much more often. If you’re not seeing your dentist at least twice a year for a routine checkup and cleaning, then it’s time to change that. According to experts, it is recommend that you visit your dentist twice a year, but for those who already have gum recession may have to visit more frequently because gum recession is a system of the more severe types of gum disease.
  • Practice improved oral hygiene at home. Although, practicing “good” oral hygiene should be enough, the fact that you are suffering from gum recession typically means that you haven’t been taking proper care of your mouth. So, be sure to make it a point to brush at least twice a day, and to floss at least once.
  • Brush and floss the correct way. In the case where you are taking “extra” care of your teeth to the point that you’ve ended up damaging you gums, you may want to take it down a notch on the effort and brush a little less hard. Furthermore, you can try using a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Rinse with a mouthwash. Whether you’re using water mixed with hydrogen peroxide, water mixed with essential oils or an over-the-counter product, it’s important to rinse after with mouthwash as it helps rid bacteria and plaque buildup. Mouthwash gets any leftover particles brushing and flossing missed.
  • Increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Vitamin C, which can be found in fruits and vegetables, can reduces inflammation resulting from gum disease and helps promote gum regeneration. Furthermore, Vitamin C also helps increase your immune system, making it a great ideas to eat more fruits and veggies containing Vitamin C.
  • Stop Smoking. It’s commonly known that smoking increase your risk for gum disease. If you’re already suffering from gum recession, you can help make you condition much more manageable by quitting.
  • Stay away from sugar. Bacteria and plaque in your mouth builds up naturally, and if you’re snacking on anything with a lot of sugar it will dramatically increase its growth. By cutting down your sugar consumption, you can prevent unnecessary bacteria and plaque buildup, while also improving your overall health.
  • Drink a lot of water. Drinking water helps rinse away any leftover food partials that may have been trapped in between your teeth and gums after eating. Drinking water can help increase saliva production, which can also help remove leftover food debris.

By following the tips listed above you’ll find your gum recession slowly improving, as well as you overall health. If you would like more information regarding gum recession, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics at 925-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com to learn more about receding gums.

What is a Smile Makeover? | Cosmetic Dentistry

smile transformationIf you’re one of the many people that are completely unhappy with your smile, and need more than one dental procedure or treatment to help improve your smile, a smile makeover may be the perfect choice for you!

A smile makeover is the process where the aim is to improve the overall appearance of the smile of a single person through a series of cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, tooth colored fillings and so on.

The smile make over process takes into consideration the patients overall facial appearance, including skin tone, color of the patients hair, gum tissue and even lips, to create their ideal smile. Also, taken into consideration are the aspects of the patient’s smile that they like or dislike.

What are the Benefits of a Smile Makeover?

Although the expenses that are involved in a series of cosmetic dentistry procedures are quiet pricey, to say the least, getting that perfect is worth it; for both aesthetic and health reasons. The following list includes the benefits of a smile makeover:

  • Increased Self-Esteem and Confidence- Increasing self-esteem and confidence are one of the main reasons that people are opting for smile makeovers in the first place. There is no shame in spending money to improve your smile, along with your self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Correct Bites- There are many cases, especially in orthodontics, braces and Invisalign aren’t just used for aesthetic reasons. Many times smile makeovers are done to correct a bite, which can also help improve or fix the function of a patients teeth and can even help prevent gum disease.
  • Jaw Atrophy Prevention– Patients with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants, which are great for prevent jaw atrophy, also known as jawbone deterioration. Dental implants also maintain a youthful and beautiful smile.
  • Lowered Risk of Tooth Decay and Cavities– When a patients teeth are chipped or broken, have excessive gaps in between teeth or cavities, it can all eventually lead to worsening dental problems. While cavity fillings are not a cosmetic dentistry procedure, having a tooth colored filling is more aesthetically pleasing. That and the use of porcelain crowns are made specifically to seamlessly blend with your natural teeth means patients no longer have to sacrifice aesthetics over function when it comes to preventing further dental complications.

Ranging from a simple teeth whitening, to the placing of dental implants and even a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures, a smile makeover may be something you can benefit from, both health-wise and aesthetically.

If you’re ready transform your pearly whites with a smile makeover, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics at 925-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick proudly accept patients from Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Oakland, Rossmoor, Berkeley, and Martinez.

 

What are Dentures? | Dentist Walnut Creek, CA

People can lose their natural teeth for a myriad of reasons. It could be due to injury, tooth decay or a number of different oral health problems. If you’ve lost teeth, your dentist has probably mentioned dentures to you. Dentures are artificial replacements for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth. Although dentures may take some getting used to and won’t ever feel exactly like your natural teeth, they have become more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable than ever before.

There are three main types of dentures; full dentures, partial dentures and implant dentures. Your dentist will help you determine the best type of denture that suits your individual needs based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to need replacing.

Types of Dentures:

Full Dentures- Full Dentures are used to replace a patients full set of missing teeth, the upper arch, lower arch or both. A set of artificial teeth a permanently a gum colored-base. Full dentures are either kept in place by suction or by an adhesive.

Partial Dentures- Partial dentures are used in cases where a patients are missing multiple teeth but not all of them in a single arch. Partial dentures are attached to metal clasps and the artificial teeth present your remaining natural teeth from shifting and becoming misaligned.

Implant Dentures- Implant supported dentures are secured in place by dental implants instead of just resting on your gums as traditional dentures do. Dental implants are surgically placed in your jaw bone and your dentures snap onto them preventing them from shifting around while you talk and eat. For the dental implants to be successful you must have adequate jaw bone structure.

If you’ve been considering replacing your missing teeth with dentures, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontists in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 to schedule a consult or visit our website at www.barmbyfrickprosthodontist.com for more information regarding dentures.

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick proudly accept patients from Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Oakland, Rossmoore, Berkeley, Martinez.

Dental Bonding Process | Walnut Creek Dentist

bondingDo you have any stained, misaligned, chipped, or broken teeth? Are you look for a solution to restore them? If so, dental bonding may be the perfect solution for you! Dental bonding can be used as an alternative to veneers, and as a restorative procedure for crack, chipped, misaligned or discolored. This is type of cosmetic and restorative procedure takes an artist skill since you dentist has to repair and rejuvenate your teeth, while also having to improve the function and appearance of your smile. The material your dentist uses for dental bonding is composed of composite resin that hardens and fuses to your tooth when a specialized light is shined on it.

Dental Bonding Procedure:

  • First your dentist will start by applying an etching solution to your tooth/teeth that will be receiving the bonding material. The solution gently roughens the surface of your tooth to create a strong between the tooth and composite resin.
  • Then a thin layer of the bonding resin is placed on the surface of your tooth and is seal with a special kind of light. Many layers can be added and hardened. Each layer takes a couple minutes to harden.
  • After your dentist will start to sculpt the material to the desired shape and then is colored to match the shape of your very own natural teeth.
  • Finally to finish, the bonding material is polished until it’s entirely smooth.

The dental bonding can take up to two hours, but the results can last you up to ten years if taken care of properly. For more information concerning dental bonding, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontist in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit our website at www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.