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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Bonding

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Having questions when choosing a dentist is natural! After all, your oral health is an important part of your overall health. Here is a list of some of the most common questions we receive. If you do not see yours listed below, please give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dental Bonding

We have good news if you’re considering cosmetic dentistry but feel the price points are out of reach. Cosmetic dentistry in Gretna, LA has options that fit various budgets, including dental bonding.

Dental bonding relies on the same composite resin used in tooth-colored fillings. With this approach, your dentist can spread the composite over the flaw, set it with a special light, and finish with a polish. In most cases, bonding can be completed during a single office visit.

Tooth bonding can conceal the following cosmetic issues:

  • Misshapen tooth
  • Stained tooth
  • Chipped and cracked tooth
  • Small gaps between teeth

With dental bonding, you can treat a single tooth or several, and the results can last for some time with proper care.

As with any cosmetic treatment, it is still essential to visit your dentist regularly and adopt and implement an excellent oral care routine between dental checkups and teeth cleanings.

Would You Like to Arrange a Consultation for Dental Bonding in Gretna, LA?

Before giving the okay for any dental procedure, your dentist makes sure it will deliver the results you’re hoping for. To get started, contact a member of our helpful team to schedule your initial visit. And never hesitate to reach out if you have questions.

We create beautiful smiles in all locations, including Gretna, Timberlane, Belle Chase, Marrero Harvey, Terrytown, and Woodmere.

If you receive dental bonding in New Orleans, here are a few aftercare tips:

#1 Brush Everyday 

Brush your teeth twice daily using fluoride toothpaste, and be sure to clean all sides of your teeth and tongue. Also, toothbrushes don’t last forever, so replace yours a few times a year, especially after being sick. 

#2 Floss without Fail

Floss daily between each tooth and gently reach down to the gumline. 

#3 Drink Plenty of Water 

If you can’t brush after a meal, the next best thing is to rinse your mouth with water to reduce acid levels and clean away food particles. 

#4 Avoid Foods and Drinks That Stain

Coffee, red wine, soda, tobacco, acidic foods, and foods with artificial coloring can make your teeth appear brown and stained. Though these substances won’t affect the bonding’s structure, the stains can collect on the front teeth and look unsightly. 

#5 Avoid Biting Down

Avoid eating or biting down on hard, sharp, or chewy foods, as this can wear down dental bonding and tooth enamel. Hard or chewy foods can include ice, nuts, taffy, candies, and more. 

#6 Eliminate Bad Habits 

Biting your fingernails and chewing on pen caps can wear down your dental bonding and enamel. Habits like these can also fracture, chip, or break teeth.

Call Us about Dental Bonding in New Orleans

Do you have a chipped, misshapen, or fractured tooth? Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our team at NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry. We offer various services to restore your smile, including attractive and durable dental bonding. 

A chip is a common form of damage that an otherwise healthy tooth may suffer. When it happens on a tooth further back in your mouth, it may bother you less. But the damage to a front tooth is highly noticeable and may make you especially embarrassed of your smile.  

So, if you have a chipped tooth in Gretna, the first thing you should do is contact our dental office so we can help you decide the urgency of your condition. Often a chip may be part of a more significant fracture which we should repair before it endangers your entire tooth.

If the problem is simply aesthetic, we may eliminate it with one of several cosmetic dental treatments.

How We Repair a Chipped Tooth

We have a few ways of restoring a chipped tooth. One way is to sculpt with the same composite resin material we use to fill dental cavities in a process called dental bonding. First, our skilled cosmetic dentist adds the composite to your tooth after tinting it to match its natural shade. Then, we use a special blue light to harden the resin once we've achieved the desired shape.

While a dental bonding procedure is usually in one office visit, another option is a porcelain veneer that covers a tooth's entire chipped surface. A veneer is more durable than a dental bonding restoration but also requires that we remove some tooth enamel, making it a permanent addition to your smile.

Our dental team will help advise you on which option best fits your oral health condition, budget, and smile goals.

small girl in dental chair | Dentist Gretna LAKids being kids chip their teeth pretty frequently. If baby teeth are chipped, Dr. Schafer doesn't recommend any treatment unless the teeth are causing pain. Dr. Schafer doesn't fix chipped baby teeth that don't hurt because the repair doesn't last very long. If it is an adult tooth, Dr. Schafer recommends esthetic bonding on the tooth to help replace the missing part of the tooth. Because the jaw is growing and the child's bite is changing though, these fillings generally only last one to three years. It is not unusual for a six-year-old who has chipped his front tooth to need the bonding redone 3 or 4 times before he has finished growing in his early 20's. 

Repairing Chipped Teeth Through the Years

As your child grows, the opposing teeth generally start biting into the restoration, and natural teeth are able to fracture these bondings. Occasionally braces are needed to create an even bite to help protect the restoration so that it lasts for the longest amount of time possible. Despite these difficulties, Dr. Schafer still recommends these minimally invasive restorations for many patients and he has a couple of these himself. Even if the piece breaks off again, generally the natural tooth beneath the filling is not affected and a new piece can be put on again.

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