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You have a winning smile except for one small flaw — one of your front teeth is chipped. In functional terms the defect is insignificant: your tooth is healthy and can still do its job. But with regard to your smile that chip is like a smudge on a masterpiece painting: it stands out — and not in a good way.

The good news is you have options to repair the chip and vastly improve your appearance. One option is to bond a custom porcelain veneer to the outside of the tooth to cover the chip. But that would also mean removing a slight bit of tooth enamel so the veneer won't appear too bulky. Although not as much as with a crown, the alteration still permanently affects the tooth — it will always require a restoration of some kind.

There's another choice that doesn't involve removing any of your enamel: composite resin. This treatment is a mixture of materials with a glass-like binder in liquid form that we apply to a tooth in successive coats. As we build up the layers we can match the tooth's shape, texture and various shades of its natural color. We're able to fill in the defect and make the tooth appear as natural as possible.

Unlike porcelain restorations, composite resins don't require a dental lab or a period of weeks to prepare. We can transform your simile in our office in as little as one visit.

Composite resin isn't the answer for every tooth defect. Teeth that have become worn, fractured or have undergone a root canal treatment are best treated with a porcelain restoration such as a veneer or crown. But where the defect is relatively minor, composite resin may be the answer.

To learn if you can benefit from a composite resin restoration, you'll need to undergo a dental exam. If we determine you're a candidate, we can use this state-of-the-art dental material to make your teeth look flawless.

If you would like more information on composite resins, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”

By Office of Philip W. Hart, DDS
August 21, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding  

No matter how well you take care of your teeth through regular brushing, flossing and trips to your dentist in Barlett, TN, the occasional accident is bound to happen. When it does, visiting Phil W. Hart, DDS for dental bonding can make your chipped teethBonding look like new once again.

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a dental procedure similar to filling a cavity, except that instead of filling in a spot that has decay, the tooth-colored resin is used to fill in a chip, crack or gap. The result is a beautiful tooth that looks, feels and acts just like new!

When is Dental Bonding Needed?

The most common use for dental bonding is to repair minor tooth chips. This is not the only purpose, however. Dental bonding can also be used to fill cavities, improve tooth appearance, make teeth look longer, close gaps between teeth, and change the shape of a tooth. Dental bonding fills in the spaces where dental patients wish they had a little more tooth material.

How Does Dental Bonding Work?

The dental bonding procedure is surprisingly simple and does not usually even require anesthesia. First, your Barlett, TN dentist will choose the material that best matches your existing tooth. Then, he or she will use a special liquid to roughen up the surface of your tooth to make the adhering process easier.

Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist will apply and mold a tooth-colored resin into the desired space and shape. Your dentist will harden the resin with a special light and then trim and shape it to just the right size, shape, color and texture.

What are the Advantages of Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a quick, easy and hassle-free in-office procedure. You don't have to wait for your tooth to come back from the lab, and you shouldn't need any type of sedation. Dental bonding is inexpensive, and the results look fantastic!

Whether your teeth are chipped, misshapen or gapped, dental bonding from a Barlett, TN dentist may be just the procedure you need to restore your smile once again. Call Dr. Hart to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options today!

By Phil Hart, DDS
July 19, 2015
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.”