Improve Your Smile
Dental Bonding In Carmel Valley
If you are self-conscious about how your smile looks in Carmel Valley, Dr. Lindsay Bancroft is here to help. At Carmel Valley Dental, we offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry options, including dental bonding. Bonding is a fast, affordable option for treating stained teeth, gaps in your smile, misshapen teeth, and more. Learn more about this treatment below, or by contacting us now for an appointment.
Understanding The Basics
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that’s intended to cover up and treat a wide variety of flaws and imperfections with your smile. It can be used to treat discolored teeth, gaps between teeth, misshapen or uneven teeth, minor teeth chips, and other such problems with your smile.
The process involves placing tooth-colored dental composite directly onto the surface of your tooth. This composite material is shaped and sculpted to improve the shape and appearance of your tooth. Dr. Bancroft will match the color of the composite perfectly to your tooth, and will use her years of experience to provide you with a seamless result.
Dental bonding has some major advantages compared to other types of cosmetic dentistry, such as veneers. It does not involve the removal of any of your natural enamel, so the procedure is completely reversible if you change your mind in the future. This also means that dental bonding is not invasive, since none of your tooth material has to be drilled away.
In addition to these benefits, dental bonding is typically a lot more affordable than treatments like veneers, and offers immediate results in just a single appointment. For all of these reasons, bonding is a very popular treatment at Carmel Valley Dental.
What Do I Do
If I Chip A Tooth?
If you chip one of your teeth, you should contact Carmel Valley Dental for an emergency appointment right away. Even a minor chip can weaken your tooth quite a bit, and leave it more susceptible to decay. A chipped tooth also may be very sharp, and could cut your tongue, cheeks, and other oral tissues.
The treatment recommended for your tooth will depend on how deeply it’s chipped. If the chip is only cosmetic and does not reach below the first layer of your tooth (the enamel), it may be repaired with dental bonding, or a veneer may be recommended.
However, if the chip is very deep and large, you may need to get a dental crown instead. Crowns are designed to completely cover up your tooth after it’s been trimmed down, and provide superior protection for damaged teeth.
Expected Treatment Lifespan
Is Dental Bonding Permanent?
Dental bonding is not permanent, and won’t last forever. However, it is a long-lasting treatment that will keep your smile looking great for years to come. You can expect your bonded tooth to last up to 10 years or longer with proper at-home oral hygiene and regular six-month dental visits to Carmel Valley Dental. And if your bonding ever breaks or fails, it’s easy to replace! Dr. Bancroft will ensure your smile is back to its best in no time.
Why Do My Teeth Look Longer?
Understanding Gum Recession
This is a common symptom of gum disease. As bacteria builds up in the pockets between your gums and teeth, the gums may begin to pull back from the teeth. This gum recession makes your teeth look longer because more of your tooth structure is exposed.
In most cases of gingivitis or gum disease, proper periodontal treatment with scaling and root planing can help eliminate this bacteria, and allow the gums to heal. Surgical intervention, known as gum flap surgery, can also be used to reduce the size of the periodontal pockets of bacteria between your teeth and gums, and firmly secure the gums to the teeth.
For Gum Disease
At our office, Dr. Bancroft uses the latest tools to deliver top-notch periodontal care. That’s why we offer laser therapy for gum disease, which is a great alternative to a traditional scaling & root planing. Instead of traditional dental scrapers and tools, laser therapy uses a specialized laser to deliver high-energy light into your gums which disinfects and removes damaged tissue. Laser therapy is faster and more efficient than traditional deep cleanings, and is often much more comfortable as it does not require numbing.
Caring for Your Gums
After Periodontal Treatments
Immediately after a deep cleaning, your gums may be a bit tender or sore. Discomfort may persist for a day or two, with sensitivity lasting up to a week or longer. If Dr. Bancroft has given you an antiseptic mouth rinse, make sure to use it according to the instructions she has provided.
It is important to take the proper steps to keep your mouth healthy at home. Brush 2-3 times per day for at least 2 minutes, and floss at least once per day. You should also eat a balanced diet, and avoid lifestyle habits that could heighten your risk of gum disease, such as using tobacco products.