Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry treatment used to restore your tooth and treat a wide variety of cosmetic issues including tooth stains, chipped teeth, uneven and misshapen teeth, gaps in your smile, and more.
In the dental bonding procedure, Dr. Acree will use a soft, pliable, tooth-colored resin to restore and reshape your tooth. After the tooth is prepared, this resin material will be applied directly to the surface of the tooth.
Using special dental tools, the resin will be sculpted to correct cosmetic issues in your tooth, such as filling a chip or reshaping an uneven or misshapen tooth. Once the overall shape of the tooth looks good, the resin is “activated” and hardened with UV light. Then, your bite will be checked, and Dr. Acree will make final adjustments to the tooth at our Modesto practice, if necessary.
If you chip a tooth, the first thing you should do is call Downey Park Family Dentistry at (209) 529-0674 to get an emergency appointment at our office in Modesto. Chipping a tooth can cause serious pain and discomfort, and may increase your risk of complications like tooth decay.
Once you’ve arrived at our office, Dr. Acree will examine your tooth to determine what treatment is right for you. If you have a small chip in your tooth, he may recommend a cosmetic treatment like dental bonding or veneers.
However, if you have a very large chip in your tooth or you have a deep crack in your tooth, a dental crown will likely be recommended. Crowns cover up the tooth all the way down to the gumline, so they offer superior protection for seriously damaged teeth.
Dental bonding is not permanent, but it does offer long-lasting results. If you care for your mouth properly, dental bonding will usually last at least 5-7 years, and some patients enjoy great results up to 10 years after treatment.
To make sure your teeth stay healthy and strong, you should brush twice a day and floss once a day. It’s also a good idea to come to Downey Park Family Dental every six months for a visit with our dentist in Modesto. And don't forget to ask about our in-office membership plan.
At your checkup, Dr. Acree can check on your oral health and examine your bonded teeth, and ensure that your smile is in great shape. If he notices any issues such as cavities or a bonded tooth that may need to be redone, he can set you up with the follow-up treatment you need right away, giving you peace of mind.
Even if you have a small dental issue that isn’t causing oral pain, it’s important to get restorative care in order to avoid more complications. If left untreated, dental issues will always get worse over time. Small cavities will turn into more serious damage, the first stages of gum disease will progress into periodontitis (which is irreversible), and other issues will begin to cause pain. Come into our Modesto office for restorative dental care as soon as you notice an issue.
If you do not get help for a dental problem as soon as possible, it will get worse over time, eventually interrupting your daily life. Pain, infection, and more tooth damage usually occurs. Missing teeth that are not replaced can cause your adjacent teeth to shift toward the empty space, causing long term occulsal (bite) issues. Getting restorative care right away ensures that you avoid worse issues later.
A damaged or infected tooth can cause you serious pain, discomfort, and other health issues. With restorative dentistry, you can eliminate your pain and get back to your day-to-day activities. Our Modesto team uses powerful numbing agents and oral conscious sedation to keep you comfortable throughout the entire restorative process.