Fluoride is commonly used in general dentistry to reduce the risk of tooth decay and strengthen enamel that is weakened from acidic attacks that can occur when food particles and bacteria combine in the mouth. This article discusses how and when a general dentist might recommend fluoride for patients.Fluoride can be used for preventive purposes…
How Is Dental Bonding Used in Cosmetic Dentistry?Dental bonding has a variety of uses in cosmetic dentistry, and it is one of the more affordable ways to improve the appearance of a person’s teeth. These treatments involve applying a putty-like composite directly to teeth being restored. These composites are color-matched with the person’s real teeth so repairs made blend in.
How dental bonding worksAlso known as composite bonding, the composites used for the treatment are mixtures of glass and composite. Below are some issues that dental bonding is often used to fix:
- Gaps between teeth: a composite resin can be used to close up small gaps between teeth. The composite is inserted into the hole and shaped so it looks like the two teeth next to the gap are right next to each other.
- Deformed teeth: composites can be used to fix various deformities of teeth. The composite can be shaped as desired after being applied to create the appearance the patient wants.
- Chipped or broken teeth: composites can be used to fix minor chips and breaks. More severe damage to a tooth might require a dental crown.
- Stained or discolored teeth: teeth whitening treatments are the standard way to improve the color of teeth, but some stains–like those caused by fluorosis–do not respond to the bleaching agents used. Such stains can be covered up with a composite to create the appearance of whiter teeth.
- Tooth decay: silver amalgam fillings were once the go-to solution for cavities, but studies that reveal mercury as toxic has changed this. Composite fillings are a more popular option nowadays. They are safe for patients, and the color of the filling blends in with the color of teeth repaired.