Am I a Candidate for Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to restore or improve the appearance of a tooth. The procedure involves applying a tooth-colored resin material (made of durable plastic) and then hardening it with a special light to bond the material to the tooth.

Dental bonding can be used for a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental applications including the following:

• to repair a decayed tooth (composite resins)
• to improve the appearance of discolored teeth
• to close a gap or space between teeth
• to make a tooth appear longer
• to alter the shape of a tooth
• to fill a space where gums have receded, exposing the root of a tooth

Unlike some other cosmetic and restorative dental treatments, dental bonding requires very little advance preparation. Typically, this treatment does not require the use of anesthesia. An exception to this is when dental bonding is being used to fill a cavity in a tooth. First, your dentist will select a composite resin color that will most closely match the color of your natural teeth. Next, he or she will roughen the surface of the tooth and then apply a conditioning liquid. This will help the material to bond to the tooth. Next, the putty-like material is applied to the tooth and molded to the desired shape and then smoothed over. Last, an ultraviolet light or laser is used to harden the material. After it has hardened, your dentist may further trim, shape and polish the material, as needed.

If you want to improve the appearance of a tooth that is discolored, gapped, misshaped or otherwise unattractive, talk to your dentist about dental bonding. After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine if this advanced restorative and cosmetic dental treatment is right for you.

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

 
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Dental Erosion

Dental erosion is one of the most common causes of cavities and tooth loss.  It occurs when the enamel (the protective layers on the outside of the teeth) is destroyed, exposing the underlying dentin.  When this occurs, your teeth are left vulnerable to sensitivity and decay.

There are a variety of different foods and beverages that can cause dental erosion due to their high acidity.  These foods and beverages include the following:

•  orange juice

•  apple juice

•  grapefruit juice

•  citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges, etc.)

•  tomatoes

•  pickles

•  white wine

•  soda

•  sports drinks

•  energy drinks

•  sour candies

•  tea

•  coffee

If you enjoy foods or beverages on this list, no need to panic or to necessarily cut them out of your diet completely.  Some of them (citrus fruits, tomatoes, tea, etc.) are really good for you and contain important vitamins and minerals. However, if you eat them all day long or everyday, you may want to think about limiting your intake.  If you are going to eat or drink these highly acidic foods and beverages, rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth after eating or drinking them will help to limit the exposure to your teeth.

If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold foods, this could be a sign that you are experiencing dental erosion.  If you have cavities or dental carries, this could be another sign.  If you suspect that you may have dental erosion, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.  After a thorough evaluation, he or she can recommend the best method or methods for dealing with this common and serious dental health issue.

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Debate Continues Over The Safety of Amalgam Fillings

For years now, there has been an ongoing debate regarding the safety of amalgam dental fillings.  Amalgam fillings contain Mercury, a known neurotoxin.  For this reason, many worry that exposure to Mercury vapors emitted from Amalgam fillings could be harmful, particularly to children and pregnant women.  In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released their findings after examining the safety of amalgam fillings.  Their final regulation in 2009 classified dental amalgam into Class II (moderate risk).

Many feel that this ruling did not go far enough.  Due to this controversy, the FDA agreed to re-examine this issue in 2011.  At this point, they have not changed their ruling regarding dental amalgam.  However, due to safety concerns, many dentists are choosing to offer only Mercury-free fillings.  And, many consumers are choosing to have their cavities filled using only materials that do not contain Mercury (porcelain, composite, etc.).  Some consumers are even going as far as having their amalgam fillings removed and replaced with composite or porcelain fillings.

Amalgam fillings provide a relatively inexpensive and long-lasting means for filling decayed teeth.  For these reasons, dentists have been using amalgam to fill cavities for decades.  However, many patients are now choosing materials such as porcelain and composite over amalgam due to both safety concerns and a desire for a more natural appearance.

If you are going to have your amalgam fillings removed, it is important that you go to a dentist who is highly trained and uses the highest precautions to decrease your exposure to Mercury vapors during the process of removing the amalgam fillings.  For more information about amalgam fillings, talk to a dentist in your local area.

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What To Do About Your Silver Amalgam Fillings

If you have old silver amalgam fillings in your mouth, you may be wondering whether or not you should have them removed and replaced with another type of filling material such as composite resin or porcelain.  You may have heard about the safety concerns surrounding silver amalgam fillings due to the fact that they contain Mercury: a powerful neurotoxin.  At certain levels, exposure to Mercury can cause neurological issues, autoimmune disease, chronic illnesses and mental disorders.  The important question to ask is whether or not the quantity of Mercury vapor in our silver amalgam fillings and a constant exposure poses a significant health risk.  This question is currently being debated among dental professionals all over the world.

In the past, silver amalgam was the primary material used to fill dental cavities.  This is because silver amalgam is relatively inexpensive compared to other materials and is extremely durable.  In the past, most people were not aware of the fact that silver amalgam fillings contain Mercury.  Today, most people are aware of this fact and are also aware of the risks associated with Mercury exposure.  For this reason, many people are opting for dental fillings made from different materials such as composite resin and porcelain.  Others are choosing theses options because composite resin and porcelain fillings can both be made to closely match the color of your teeth for a more natural and attractive appearance.

If you are worried about your old silver amalgam fillings and are interested in having them removed and replaced with materials that do not contain Mercury, talk to your dentist today.  If you do decide to have them removed, it is important that you visit a dentist who is familiar with this process and follows the guidelines established to protect you from exposure to Mercury vapor while they are being removed.

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Procedures We Love

Transforming Your Smile

You have gone to the dentist twice a year for as long as you can remember.  Every six months, you march into the dentist’s chair, have your teeth cleaned and checked, and head out the door with your next appointment notice in your hand.

This has been your routine for as long as you can remember.  But have you actually taken the time to think about if you could benefit from another procedure that your dentist has to offer? At Pure Dental Health, we offer a wide variety of different procedures that can help you reach any cosmetic or smile goals.

Through this Pure Dental Health blog, we will explore some of our favorite cosmetic dentistry procedures that can make a big impact on the look and fell of a smile.  To learn more about Pure Dental Health’s favorite procedures, keep reading our blog!

Pure Dental Health’s Favorite Procedures

At Pure Dental Health, we take pride in our procedures and our commitment to patient satisfaction.  You are always our top focus, and we strive to make you feel comfortable at ease in our state-of-the-art clinic.  Some of our favorite procedures that we offer to our clients are:

  • Teeth Whitening- teeth whitening is a quick and easy way to completely transform the look of your smile.  With our in-office procedure, you can walk out with teeth that are up to six shades brighter.  In addition, any time that you come into Pure Dental Health for a general dentistry cleaning, you qualify to take home free teeth-whitening trays so your smile can stay at its brightest!
  • Tooth Colored Fillings- for another subtle cosmetic dentistry procedure, think about white fillings.  These fillings match the natural color of your teeth without the risks of mercury associated with traditional amalgams fillings.
  • Adult Braces- at Pure Dental Health, we know that there are many people who still wish they could have beautiful and straight smiles.  That is why we offer methods of straightening teeth that differ from traditional braces.  With six-month smiles, you could have a beautiful smile in less time than you ever thought possible!  We also offer Invisalign clear aligners, which allow for you to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing!

More Information About Pure Dental Health

If you have any questions about adult braces, teeth whitening, or white fillings, then do not hesitate to contact our Pure Dental Health team.  We can also address any of your inquiries into any of our other procedures at Pure Dental Health.

We are here to make you feel happy and confident with your smile.  You deserve to have a smile that you are truly proud of and want to share with the world.  The team at Pure Dental Health can help you to achieve the results that you desire.  Learn more about what we do, today!

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Why You Should Consider Cosmetic Dentistry

Thinking about Cosmetic Dentistry?

It has been a long few months.  You have been staying at work late each day, trying to get as much done as possible to nail everything down perfectly.  As you sit down to start another workday, your boss approaches you.

“You have been doing outstanding work.  And it has not gone unnoticed.  We would like to honor you at a reception next month.  Great going!” she exclaims, as she shakes your hand.  You remain still, completely miffed by what has just occurred.  You catch a glance into the window and see your smile—“Wow! That could use some work!” you say.  “What should I do to get this smile at its best before that reception?”

The answer lies with the Pure Dental Health team and cosmetic dentistry.  Pure Dental Health offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry options that best fulfill the needs of your smile.  Throughout this blog, we will address why you should consider cosmetic dentistry, and how some small procedures can make a dramatic difference to the look of your smile

Cosmetic Dentistry and Your Smile

You might have thought about cosmetic dentistry before and are still reviewing all of your options.  You might be new to the idea and do not have very much information about the procedures.  Either way, Pure Dental Health is here to show you some of the top cosmetic dentistry procedures that we have available.  Some of these procedures include:

  • Teeth Whitening- who says that good things in life don’t come for free?  At Pure Dental Health, we provide free teeth whitening with regular dental exams for life.   In addition, we also offer other teeth-whitening solutions to keep your teeth at their most white. You can knock years off of your age with the help of teeth whitening.
  • Adult Braces- you are never too old to have the smile that you have always wanted.  With 6-month smiles, you can have a beautiful smile in less time than traditional methods.  White brackets and wires are used so that braces blend away while making your teeth straighter than ever before.
  • White Fillings- replacing metal fillings with white ones can remove the look of “metal mouth” instantly.  While amalgams used to be commonly used to fill cavities, there are now new pieces of dental technology, which provide patients with mercury-free and cosmetically pleasing options.

These are just a few of our cosmetic dentistry options that make a huge difference in the way that clients feel about their smiles.  Simple changes for dramatic results.

More Information about Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are interested about cosmetic dentistry procedures, then do not hesitate to contact our Pure Dental Health team.  We will answer any of your questions about cosmetic dentistry, including cost, recovery time, and which procedures are right for you.

You deserve to have your dream smile.  Let the Pure Dental Health team help you achieve those dream results!

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