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By Kenneth Krause, DMD
June 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Bonding  

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.”

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
March 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bonding  

BondingSome patients want a new and improved smile, but they don’t have the time or money at the moment for more advanced services, like veneers, crowns or braces. If this sounds like your situation and you want a quick fix to your smile, talk to Dr. Kenneth Krause at Krause Dental about dental bonding. 

What Is Dental Bonding?

When you go in for a cavity filling on your back molars, the dentist uses a special compound that is the color of your teeth to fill in the spaces after drilling. The same compound (called a composite resin) can be used to restore other parts of the teeth, such as the front teeth and incisors. When hardened, this compound looks just like tooth matter. Dental bonding is the process of using this compound to improve the overall look of your smile.

How Can Bonding Improve Your Smile?

Dental bonding is a service offered at Krause Dental. Dr. Krause commonly uses this solution to fix unsightly chips and cracks in the teeth. He applies the composite material to the tooth, uses a curing light to harden it and then contours it to perfection. Bonding also helps to fill in spaces caused by too-small teeth, so you no longer will have trouble eating and chewing your food. When you have large gaps between your teeth, food particles can get stuck in between them, causing digestive problems and the risk of decay.

Just One Appointment

Dental bonding and contouring is a surprisingly quick procedure. In many cases it takes just one appointment and less than an hour to complete. Your dentist will first carefully examine your teeth to see where improvements can be made, then come up with a treatment plan and begin work (possibly all in the same appointment). Composite bonding is a temporary solution that will last a few years with good dental care before it has to be refreshed.

Find Out if Dental Bonding Is Right for You

Is dental bonding and contouring a viable solution for you? Call Krause Dental today at (317) 399-9329 and schedule a consultation visit with Kenneth Krause, DMD to talk about smile solutions.