September 2018

Minor Imperfection? Consider Dental Bonding

Woman Smiling After Dental Bonding Procedure Atlanta GADoes that small front tooth gap or one discolored tooth cause you to close your lips when you smile or cover your mouth when you laugh? Sometimes the most minor flaws can sabotage your entire smile confidence. The good news is that fixing it may be easier than you think. A cosmetic dental procedure called bonding may be your answer to a beautiful and confident smile. The best part – dental bonding involves no pain and minimal sacrifice to your time and wallet.

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding uses composite resin material, the same material that is used as a tooth-colored filling when you have a cavity. The composite is essentially painted on to the affected tooth to cover up your imperfection. A special curing light is used to harden the material and it is polished as a final step. The entire procedure can be performed in minutes, with no need for anesthetics. Composite resin is made to blend in with the rest of your smile in terms of color, texture and contour. With proper care, the bonded restoration can last up to 10 years.

What Types of Aesthetic Flaws Can Dental Bonding Fix?

Bonding is ideal for those minor imperfections, such as the following:

  • Small cracks or chips
  • Teeth discolored from medications, trauma or genetics
  • Teeth worn down or uneven
  • Teeth rotated and twisted from poor positioning
  • Minor gaps or small spaces between two teeth

When is Bonding Not the Answer?

If you have large aesthetic concerns within your smile, such as a wide gap or multiple chipped teeth, it may be best to consider porcelain veneers. Veneers are considered more durable and longer-lasting for more moderate or severe imperfections. Veneers can cover up missized teeth or teeth that are significantly crooked up front.

To learn if you are a candidate for cosmetic dental bonding, please call Dr. Wayne Suway. We take pride in offering a full menu of cosmetic services to our patients, including those that fit all types of needs and budgets!

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The Importance of Dental Care for the Aging Adult

Smiling Elderly Couple Atlanta GASenior adults can face a wide range of health issues as their body ages. While it is important to focus on the nutritional intake and physical capabilities of the geriatric population, the condition or health of their gums and teeth should never be ignored. In fact, their oral health can directly impact their overall health in several ways, including cardiovascular health, pneumonia, diabetes and other serious concerns. In addition, dental problems such as root decay, dry mouth and even denture-induced stomatitis can be very uncomfortable for an aging adult.

How Age Impacts Oral Health

As we age, the body can break down in many ways, and this includes the mouth. While your teeth are designed to last a lifetime, it is common for older adults to face the consequences of poor oral hygiene and other damaging habits to their oral health. This may result in receding gums and/or tooth loss at a later stage in life.

But age in itself is not the only strike against your oral health as a senior adult. Certain medical conditions, such as arthritis in the hands and fingers, can make brushing and flossing a challenge. In addition, many prescription drugs that seniors must take can cause dry mouth, which contributes to a range of dental issues. Lastly, cognitive disorders or Alzheimer’s can make older adults forget to brush altogether. These are all reasons that senior dental care should be a priority, either for the patient themselves or their caregiver.

The best way to combat senior oral health complications is to keep up with your routine dental exams. Dr. Wayne Suway is one of the few Marietta dentists who specializes in senior dental care. Give us a call today – there’s no reason why you can’t have a confident, healthy and comfortable smile at every stage of life!

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