Damaged Teeth and Dental Bonding

For anyone suffering from chipped or fractured teeth, it can often keep them from smiling as much as they should. Luckily, dental bonding can be an ideal solution for many patients that do not want to fully commit to more invasive veneers. The process of dental bonding is a quick and convenient process that is typically performed by your dentist in just one visit.

Why Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is one of the best cosmetic dentistry options since it can easily help you restore your natural smile and is ideal for correcting a variety of smaller problems. Some of the many dental issues that dental bonding can restore:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Teeth with gaps
  • Discolored teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Filling a cavity
  • Asymmetrical teeth

Dental Bonding Process

The process of dental bonding involves using a high-quality bonding material referred to as resin. It is extremely durable and natural looking. The color of the resin can also be perfectly matched to the color of your teeth, meaning they will blend in a near-seamless fashion with the natural tooth. After a small amount of surface material is removed, the bonding material is applied. Your dentist will masterfully mold the resin to match the look of the tooth and then harden it using a high powered light. Once the bonding material has hardened, it can be polished and buffed to bring out a lovely polish and shine.

Many people incorrectly assume that damaged teeth can only be corrected with invasive and expensive procedures that take several visits. While veneers, braces and other procedures may be necessary for more damaged or extremely crooked teeth, dental bonding is a smart way to repair your smile in a cost-effective way. Do you have dental problems that are preventing you from smiling as much as you should? Call us to book an appointment so we can discuss the options available!

Myths About Baby Teeth—Busted

Many people are under the impression that the health of baby teeth really don’t matter because they eventually fall out. However, this is far from the truth. There are quite a few myths regarding pediatric dentistry and baby teeth, so Sonrisa Dental Care in Houston is here to clear up any confusion and bust these baby teeth myths!

Baby Teeth Are Not Important

Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, they are still extremely important for the development of oral health. Baby teeth hold the space for permanent teeth to grow in without crooked, misaligned and/or crowded teeth. They help the facial structure develop properly, and they also ensure our children can properly eat and receive nutrition.

Decay in Baby Teeth Does Not Matter

We’ve heard it all, that cavities in baby teeth can be ignored or even that “babies can’t get cavities” unfortunately these rumors are not true. Children with cavities in their primary teeth are actually three times more likely to have cavities as an adult. Cavities in baby teeth can also cause inflammation and infection which can be uncomfortable and cause further complications.

Routine Dental Care Is Not Important for Baby Teeth

We also often hear parents disregard routine dental care for their children’s baby teeth, not only should you be brushing your kid’s baby teeth but you should also be brushing their gums before the first tooth even erupts. Once teeth have erupted, you should also be flossing at least once a day with your child.

Babies Don’t Need to See a Dentist

We’ve heard all sorts of ages when a child should first see a dentist, some say 3, others say 5 and some even think you don’t need to see a dentist until you have all of your teeth. However, at our Houston pediatric dental office, we recommend children see us by the time they receive their first tooth or age one. Routine dental visits can reduce dental anxiety and allow your pediatric dentist to spot any complications before they become serious.

Think your child may have a cavity? Contact our Houston pediatric dentist today! We’d be happy to evaluate your child’s teeth, gums and overall oral health to determine if any treatments are recommended.