What Are the Perks of Dental Bonding?

If you have a stained or broken tooth that you absolutely hate, you may assume your only option to fix it is to have it removed and replaced with an implant. However, that’s not the case. If your tooth only needs minor repairs, dental bonding can be a great solution.

It’s inexpensive and will make your tooth look perfect. The technique adds a composite material to the tooth, fixing whatever crack, chip, or discoloration that’s present. There are a number of reasons why it’s a good option for small repairs.

The Cost

Dental bonding is much less expensive than having an implant installed. That requires a tooth extraction, post placement, and the crafting of a replacement tooth. Dental bonding is a fraction of the cost, and in a number of cases, it’s even covered by dental insurance.

The Short Recovery Time

With implants, you will need a few days to recover. You will have to be careful what you eat and are likely going to be in some pain. With dental bonding, you may not even need anesthesia. Everything is done within an hour, and you can go back to work or run any errands you need to after. Everything is done in one quick office visit, unlike the implant process.

It Looks Natural

The dental bonding material is designed to match your natural tooth color. No one will even realize that you’ve had any repair work done. You’ll be able to smile again without feeling any embarrassment over that odd gap between teeth or the weird chipped tooth. While you could have silver fillings done, they will stand out every time you smile. Dental bonding won’t.

Do you want to learn more about dental bonding? We’re always excited to talk about this option with our patients. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Ways of Making Speaking Easier When Learning How to Use Dentures

After you have picked up your new dentures, you will begin a transition period as you slowly get used to wearing them. This transition is important in order for you to be able to wear the dentures comfortably, and to eat certain kinds of foods with them.

However, the adjustment period is more than simply getting your gum tissue used to having something pressed up against it. You will also need to learn how to speak clearly when your dentures are in. This is especially true if you have been missing one or more teeth for a lengthy period of time, and have taught yourself how to speak without the use of the teeth.

As you begin learning to speak with the dentures, there are a few things you can do in order to help make the process go more smoothly. By following these tips, you’ll be speaking clearly and succinctly in no time.

Prepare Your Dentures

You may not realize it, but your dentures may shift slightly in your mouth during the day. This is even more the case if you are not using denture adhesive, or if the adhesive you have chosen is not very good.

In order to properly position your dentures before you speak, take a moment to gently bite down. This will help shift them into place, so they will be where you would expect your natural teeth to be. Then you can speak as you would have if you had your teeth in.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Just like you may have learned to speak without one or more teeth, you will learn to speak with your dentures. A great way to speed the process is to practice. Pick up a book or newspaper and read the articles aloud. As you do this, you will more quickly adapt, and you’ll be speaking properly in no time.