Why Composite Resin Bonding May Be Right For You

186932212Most people won’t consider thinking of a composite resin bonding as an alternative to amalgam fillings. But, then again, most people don’t know that the procedure is fast, minimally invasive and as far as cosmetic dental treatments are considered, inexpensive.

What Is Composite Bonding?

Dental bonding is a technique where the dentists shape and mold a certain type of dental material on your teeth to give it a better appearance. As a result, your teeth will look straighter, whiter and generally better because the procedure also helps take care of any chips and cracks on your teeth.

In composite bonding, the dental material used is what’s known as composite resin.

The procedure, as mentioned, is a viable solution for chipped teeth, gaps in between teeth and even staining, and more importantly, fillings. Also, unlike in porcelain veneers where the procedure takes more than two visits, composite resin bonding will require no longer than one afternoon in the dentist’s office.

What To Expect

Composite bonding is a safe and effective technique that was first developed half a century ago and has been used extensively since.

The procedure is relatively fast and easy, and the process is very efficient, making it an ideal solution that not only benefits patients, but also the dentists as well.

The treatment starts with the dentist removing some of the tooth’s surface enamel to help shape the composite resin to your teeth. The dentist then applies the bonding agent and the composite resin soon after. The composite resin is then cured using a special list and polished to give it a more finished look.

While the procedure is safe and effective, it involves a high level of technique and as such, not all dentists offer such services. Also, among those that do, it is best to choose a dentist who’s had extensive training and experience in the procedure.

Is It Right For You?

If you have chipped or cracked teeth, as well as tooth gaps and even bite problems, chances are, composite bonding is perfect for you.

Composite bonding is best for those who’re looking for ways to improve the look of their otherwise healthy teeth. Although, the procedure still does have certain functional uses and benefits in many cases.

For those with an overbite or underbite, composite bonding is not exactly the right solution. It would be better to discuss with your dentist what your treatment options are in such cases.

Aftercare Treatment

The truth is, composite bonding doesn’t require any special attention. That is, as long as you take proper care of your teeth and gums by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and of course, going to the dentist every six or so months for checkups and professional cleanings.

One thing to take note of when it comes to composite bonding is that you may want to avoid chewing on hard foods regularly, such as ice, to prevent them from cracking. Also, if you’re suffering from bruxism and tend to clench your teeth, especially when asleep, you may want to ask your dentist about wearing a night guard.

Be sure to visit your dentist today and get to know more about composite resin bonding.

Who knows, you may be the next to benefit from the brighter smile that composite resin bending is all but assured to give you!

If you are interested in improving your smile with composite resin bonding, contact Dr. David Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.davidluntdds.com for additional information regarding composite bonding.

What Is A Snap On Smile?

selfieWhile most people want a beautiful smile, the costs of the necessary dental treatments and procedures to get one aren’t always practical.

The good thing is that there’s what many dental professionals refer to as a “Snap On Smile”, an affordable and temporary solution for patients who want to enjoy a beautiful smile, albeit only for a while.

Even if the effects are temporary, there are many benefits to the use of such a dental appliance, such as providing you a preview of what your smile would eventually look like after getting more permanent smile treatments.

What is a Snap On Smile? 

Snap-on smiles are a removable, painless and patented dental appliance that’s custom-made to improve your smile and look as much like your real teeth as possible.

They are easy to take care of, requiring little adjustments as you can still eat and drink normally while wearing one. Though, even better is that these dental appliances offer a temporary cosmetic solution for those who can’t yet afford a permanent treatment for their teeth.

The Benefits

Of course, the main benefit of a Snap On Smile is that it looks good and is quite affordable, more so when you compare its costs to that of other smile makeover treatments. However, there are far more benefits to a Snap On Smile aside from aesthetics, including:

  • A quick process that takes place across two visits and rarely takes longer than two weeks
  • Considered as one of the cheapest cosmetic dentistry treatments available today
  • Almost everyone is a good candidate
  • A good alternative for those who can’t get implants or bridges for some reason
  • A much more comfortable and attractive alternative to partial dentures
  • There’s little to no discomfort when wearing one
  • The application is painless and requires no such alteration to the tooth structure
  • Should you change your mind, you can easily have the process reversed and the dental appliance removed at any time.

What To Expect 

The process of applying a Snap On Smile is fairly simple, fast and more importantly, painless.

During the first visit, the patient chooses the shade and style of their new smile, while the dentist takes an impression of the teeth. Afterwards, the impression is then sent off to a lab where a dental technician takes care of creating the dental appliance.

During the second visit, which usually takes place after two to three weeks, the Snap-On smile is then fitted, leaving the patient free to go with their all-new and improved smile.

Although the dental appliance carries plenty of benefits, is easy to fit and almost universally compatible, a Snap-On smile is not perfect. A well-known problem is that the dentist will have to remove or replace the dental appliance eventually. Also, wearing one carries the risk of suffering through speech impediments after placement for a few weeks.

Similar to natural teeth, the appliance may stain, especially if exposed to beverages such as wine and coffee regularly. Also, they’ll have to be removed at night before sleeping and it may be to avoid eating sticky foods and gum so as to prevent problems with the dental appliance.

Test Drive An All-New Smile Today!

Snap-On Smiles are the perfect means of letting you see what you and your smile would look like after getting several, and undoubtedly, more expose dental treatments.

To find out if a Snap-On Smile is the perfect solution for your dental problems, contact Dr. David Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.davidluntdds.com for additional information regarding the Snap On Smile.

The Different Stages of Gum Disease

The stages of periodontal diseaseGum disease is a term used to describe the inflammation of the gums. It is also a form of bacterial infection that, if left unchecked, can and will progress to the point where it can spread to the bones surrounding and supporting teeth.

The infection is often the result of letting the bacteria, which comes with the sticky and colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth known as plaque, build up. The buildup is the result of not taking proper care of the teeth and gums, which then results to gum disease.

While it is true that plaque is always present in the teeth, it is possible to prevent plaque and bacteria build up through daily brushing, flossing and periodical maintenance from the dentist.

To further prevent gum disease, it’s important to educate yourself about the basics of what it is and its different stages.

Stage 1 – Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and causes inflammation, as well as bleeding, in the gums. The inflammation and the resulting bleeding are often caused by the plaque buildup that’s still currently limited at the gumline.

In this early stage, it is still highly possible to reverse the effects. This is because the infection has yet to affect the bone and the connective tissues. However, the only way to do that is to practice proper oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing. It’s also necessary to have the teeth checked and cleaned by the dentist for a more thorough clean and for the patient to receive tips for further care or maintenance.

Stage 2 – Periodontitis

This stage is sometimes split into slight and moderate periodontal disease. However, for the purpose of this article, both will only be referred to as periodontitis.

During periodontitis, the plaque and bacteria have spread to the bones and fibers responsible for holding the teeth in place, causing irreversible damage. Bad breath, though also a sign of gingivitis, may worsen. Also, the gums may appear redder or more inflamed than before.

Pain is rarely felt during this stage, which is both a bad thing since it’s usually why many people tend to disregard periodontitis as something “minor”. The effects, however, are far from what you’d consider as minor.

For example, periodontitis can cause tooth loosening, gum recession, pockets or holes below the gum line, even more bleeding, shifting of the teeth and other dental problems.

Treatment often starts at the dental office where the patient is advised to follow a strict oral home care regimen to prevent further damage. By this stage, reversing the effects is highly unlikely.

Stage 3 – Advanced Periodontitis

The final stage of gum disease is where the damage done by the infection is the worst. Case in point, the fibers and bone supporting the teeth have been damaged to the point that the teeth may have to be removed.

Treatment for advanced periodontitis is even more aggressive and maintenance medication may have to be prescribed to prevent the disease from progressing even further.

Treating Gum Disease

The best treatment for gum disease is prevention, and this is best done through proper oral care in the form of proper brushing and flossing. Doing both can help prevent plaque from building up and possibly causing irreversible damage.

In its later stages, professional cleaning and other dental treatments will have to be utilized to rid the teeth of plaque buildup and contain the infection.

It’s important to know that recent researches have shown that the bacteria from gum disease can travel through the bloodstream and cause complications in other places of the body. This means that while gum disease certainly starts in the mouth, its repercussions could affect the brain, heart and other important organs.

Thus, make it a point to take better care of your teeth and gums starting today. This includes not just flossing and brushing, but also rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash and scheduling regular checkups, as well as cleanings with your dentist.

If you feel that you may be suffering from gum disease, contact Dr. David Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit www.davidluntdds.com for additional information.