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Do you have a chipped tooth? Your Braintree, MA, dentists offer several treatments that will improve the appearance of your damaged tooth.

One of these three options can fix your chipped tooth

As tough as teeth are, they aren't indestructible. Chewing ice or other hard objects, grinding your teeth, or falling can cause tiny pieces of teeth to chip off. Although small chips don't alter the structural integrity of your teeth, they certainly affect your appearance.

Depending on the size of the chip, your dentist may recommend one or more of these treatment options:

  • Bonding: During a bonding treatment, your dentist applies a flexible, tooth-colored material called composite resin to fill in the chipped area. Once the composite resin is hardened with a curing light, you'll be able to use the tooth immediately. Bonding can usually be performed without any anesthesia.
  • Veneers: Veneers offer an excellent option for chip repair. The restorations cover the fronts of the teeth only and are attached with dental cement. Porcelain or plastic veneers are as thin as a contact lens yet thick enough to hide chips and other flaws. During your first veneer appointment at the Braintree, MA, dental office, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth. The impression serves as a guide for the dental lab technicians who create your veneers. They may also need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel as part of the preparation process.
  • Crowns: If the chip is large, a crown may be the best option. Crowns are porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin restorations that slip over the tops of teeth. Before you receive a crown, your dentist must reduce the size of your tooth to ensure a comfortable fit. Crowns are also made from an impression of your mouth and are cemented to your teeth. If you'll be receiving porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, you'll wear a temporary crown for a few weeks until your permanent crown is ready.

Are you ready to fix your chipped tooth? Schedule an appointment with your dentists in Braintree, MA, by calling 781-843-0660.

By George Salem, DMD
July 23, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: bonding  

Sometimes a few small changes are all that is needed to yield major improvements to your smile. Even if you practice good oral hygiene and your teeth are healthy, they're still vulnerable to cosmetic damage and wear and tear over time. Bonding is a great way to fix minor cosmetic imperfections that can dull your smile and cause embarrassment. The dentists at Dr. George Salem and Associates, PC, offer a range of cosmetic and general dentistry services in Braintree, MA.

Give Your Smile a Makeover with Cosmetic Bonding in Braintree, MA

Bonding is a good solution for minor cosmetic imperfections like stains and discolorations, closing small gaps and spaces, and fixing chipped or cracked teeth. It's a quick and cost effective solution for common issues that affect the quality of your smile. Bonding can fix the shape or shape of your teeth to make your smile look more symmetrical. Bonding materials are also used to seal a tooth after root canal therapy or for tooth colored fillings.

Benefits of Dental Bonding

One of the main benefits of dental bonding is that it's affordable and minimally invasive. Unlike other cosmetic dental treatments, the bonding material is prepared onsite at the dentist's office and applied in a single appointment, typically lasting 30 minutes to an hour depending on the patient.

It's a minimally invasive procedure and usually doesn't require removal of surface enamel, so there's no need for anesthesia. With bonding, you can walk out of the dentist's office with a brand new smile in as little as single appointment!

Bonding is appropriate for minor cosmetic damage and can last for several years with adequate care. If you have any issues like cavities or plaque buildup, the dentist will treat and clean the tooth first before applying the bonding material.

Find a Dentist in Braintree, MA

For more information about bonding and other cosmetic dentistry services, contact our office today by calling (781) 843-0660 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.

May 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  
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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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