dental Bonding in nassau Bay

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a commonly-used procedure in cosmetic dentistry. It uses durable dental resin to rebuild and reshape the exterior of your tooth. This tooth-colored resin can cover up imperfections like stained teeth, gaps in your smile, misshapen or uneven teeth, and much more. 

It’s a fast, cost-effective, and simple way to restore your smile, and it doesn’t even involve numbing shots or the removal of any enamel, making it very popular for patients in Nassau Bay who want to improve their smile. Contact DentAllon Dentistry today to explore your cosmetic dentistry options in more detail, and find out if dental bonding is right for you.

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Did you know…

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More than 1/3 of American adults are unhappy with their smiles. Dental bonding is a great option for improving your smile and your self-confidence.

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how it works: The Dental Bonding Process

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Consultation

First, you’ll need to come into DentAllon Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Liel Allon. She will discuss all of your options for restoring your smile, including dental bonding, and help you decide which treatment is right for you.

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tooth preparation

Dental bonding takes only one appointment, and most people can have multiple teeth treated at once. To begin the procedure, your dentist in Nassau Bay will clean your teeth and apply a special acid to the teeth that are being bonded. This ensures the bonding resin can achieve a strong hold on your tooth. No numbing is necessary.

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applying the bonding material

Once your tooth has been prepared, Dr. Allon will pick out some tooth-colored dental resin that matches your smile perfectly, and begin applying it to the tooth layer-by-layer. She will sculpt, shape, and harden the material, reshaping and restoring your tooth.

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Final fit check & trimming

Once the overall shape of your tooth looks right, Dr. Allon will check your bite, and then use a dental drill to trim away any extra material, ensuring your new tooth looks and feels completely natural.

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wear a sports mouthguard

If you play any kind of contact sport, you should get a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard from Dr. Liel Allon. Wearing a mouthguard dramatically reduces your risk of oral injuries.

see your dentist regularly

Frequent dental visits to DentAllon Dentistry will ensure that your mouth is healthy, and can help Dr. Allon identify issues like cavities, infected teeth, or failing dental work before the issue becomes more serious and requires emergency dental care.

Avoid chewing hard Foods & objects

As a rule, you should avoid chewing very hard foods like ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candies, as these can crack your teeth. You also shouldn’t chew any non-food objects, such as fingernails, pencils, or pens.

Dental Bonding vs. Veneers

Dental bonding and veneers provide similar results, but have some major differences you should know about before you commit to either procedure. First, dental bonding is a lot cheaper than veneers, and it takes only one appointment. In contrast, veneers are more expensive and take at least 2 appointments over a span of 2-3 weeks.

However, veneers tend to be more durable and last longer than dental bonding. They also resist stains more effectively, which may make them a better choice for some patients.

Finally, veneers are not reversible, and dental bonding is reversible. Veneers are irreversible because a layer of enamel has to be removed from your teeth before you can be fitted for your veneers. This enamel cannot be replaced, so you’ll need to keep your veneers for the rest of your life. 

However, bonding can be reversed, if necessary. That’s because it does not involve removing any natural enamel. This also means the procedure is less invasive overall, and does not require any numbing or sedation. 

If you’re interested in either dental bonding or veneers, Dr. Liel Allon can help. Contact DentAllon Dentistry for a consultation today. Dr. Allon can discuss the pros and cons of each treatment, and ensure you choose the best option for your smile.

Did you know…

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About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.

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Have Questions About Dental Emergencies? Get The Answers You Need

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WHEN SHOULD I GO TO THE ER FOR A DENTAL EMERGENCY?

As a rule, you don’t need to go to the emergency room for a dental emergency unless you believe that your life is in danger. Most ERs do not have dentists on staff, and even if they have a Nassau Bay dentist on call, your treatment will be much more expensive compared to seeing an emergency dentist like Dr. Liel Allon.

However, if you do think that your life is in danger, go to the ER. For example, if you have serious facial swelling that is interfering with eating or breathing or you believe that your jaw has been broken, you should go to the hospital right away. Use your best judgment, and don’t put your life at risk.

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HOW SOON DOES A KNOCKED-OUT TOOH NEED TO BE REPLACED?

If you have a knocked-out tooth, it should ideally be replaced and splinted within 1 hour of your injury, and within 2 hours at most. The longer your tooth is outside of your mouth, the more likely it is that the tooth will die, and we may not be able to replace it.

If your tooth is knocked out, you should recover it and rinse it off, then put it back into the socket, or into a container of cold milk. Then, contact DentAllon Dentistry right away at (832) 975-0780 to tell us about your situation, and come to our office ASAP. Dr. Allon will be standing by to replace your tooth as soon as possible, and to maximize the chances of saving your knocked-out tooth.

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY EMERGENCY DENTIST appointment? 

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After you’ve called DentAllon Dentistry to schedule your same-day emergency appointment, there are a few steps that you can take to prepare for your treatment and get relief from your pain and discomfort.
If your mouth is bleeding, we recommend absorbing blood with a piece of clean gauze, a cotton ball, or a paper towel. Apply gentle pressure to the site of your injury to help slow down the flow of blood. 

For your pain and discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen. Aspirin should be avoided if you’re bleeding, because it’s a blood thinner and could interfere with clotting.

Applying an ice pack to the outside of your cheek near the affected site for 10 minutes at a time can also help with swelling and inflammation. 

These steps can help you control your pain and discomfort until your appointment at DentAllon Dentistry, but are not long-term solutions. So if you are experiencing a dental emergency, make sure to schedule a same-day appointment at our office right away to get the help you need.

Is Emergency Dentistry Covered By insurance?

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If you have dental insurance, your emergency dental treatment will usually be covered up to all applicable maximum coverage limits. However, the exact coverage you will receive may vary between insurers and insurance policies. We recommend that you contact your insurer and read your policy carefully to learn more about the coverage you will get for dental emergencies in Nassau Bay.

Is Tooth Bonding Permanent?

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No, tooth bonding is not permanent, but having your tooth bonded can provide you with long-lasting results for up to 10 years with proper care. Unlike veneers, we also don’t need to remove any enamel from your teeth unless you prefer to combine tooth contouring with your bonding treatment to transform the size or shape of your teeth. 

This means that no permanent alteration to your natural enamel will be made and you won’t have dangerously thin teeth without something covering them. This makes dental bonding reversible. 

Keeping up with your bonding is as simple as scheduling regular appointments for cleanings and checkups, where your dentist can check on the condition of your bonding and let you know if it needs to be replaced.

How Long Does It Last?

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The average lifespan of a bonding treatment is 3 to 10 years. As you can see, the lifespan is incredibly variable and this is because of many different factors. Different lifestyle habits, oral hygiene practices, and even the location of your bonding can affect its lifespan.

When the front teeth are bonded, it will last much longer than if you receive bonding on the rear molars. We don’t recommend getting the back teeth bonded because they undergo so much chewing force that the bonding can become chipped, cracked, or damaged.

What Happens to Dental Bonding Over Time?

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Bonding is made of composite resin which is the same material used in tooth-colored fillings. This is an aesthetic and durable material but it is still prone to wearing down over the years from wear and tear like chewing and grinding.

Since the front teeth aren’t used for chewing, the bonding doesn’t become damaged as easily. To prolong your bonding, brush, and floss regularly, attend dental cleanings every 6 months, avoid stains from tobacco products, foods, and drinks, and don’t use your teeth to open packages. Teeth grinding can also damage your bonding so wear a mouthguard at night if you have bruxism.

Can Bonded Teeth Be Whitened?

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No, bonded teeth and any other dental work do not respond to whitening treatments as your natural teeth do. This is because teeth whitening is designed to specifically bleach tooth enamel by breaking down staining compounds in the deeper layers of the teeth. 

You should reduce your exposure to staining foods and drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, and dark sauces or drink through a straw and rinse your mouth out with water after eating. Avoid smoking and tobacco products which will also stain your teeth. 

Dental cleanings can remove surface stains from your bonding, but if you find that your bonding becomes discolored or you get your natural teeth whitened, you can have the bonding replaced to match the shade of the rest of your teeth. Bonding is like a substitute for teeth whitening because you can choose a light shade that covers up discoloration on your natural teeth.

Did you know…

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That you should NEVER use teeth to cut or open things.

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