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Posts for tag: Bonding

By Crystal Falls Dental
October 22, 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.”

By Crystal Falls Dental
January 28, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental EmergencyWhen you've got a tooth that's cracked or chipped, you've got some choices to make. Should you justlet it be? Should you get a full tooth replacement? Should you consider veneers, a crown, or maybe even bonding?

At Crystal Falls Dental, fixing a dental disaster like a cracked tooth isn't a dilemma for our oral experts! At our Leander dental office, we provide emergency dental care for all of your oral related accidents and injuries.


One of the most convenient and inexpensive ways to repair a broken tooth is through dental bonding. If you've suffered an incident that has left your teeth shattered, bonding can be a long-term solution because it involves tooth-colored materials replacing the void left by missing chunks. Bonding can also cover up unattractive minor defects in teeth like discoloration or even spacing oddities. Unlike veneers and crowns, most bonding procedures can be finished in just one visit!

When your dental technician has finished bonding your teeth at Crystal Falls Dental, you can rest assured that the difference between your actual teeth and the new extensions will be nonexistent. That's because the materials used for bonding are a concoction of plastic and glass, offering both strength and believability that thoseareyour real teeth! The materials used during the bonding procedure actually fuse together with and ultimately become a part of your natural teeth.

Bonding is the ideal choice for teenagers with a chunk missing from their teeth, as many other permanent dental restoration techniques can't be done on their teeth until they've finished maturing.

Call Ray M. Becker, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. Today!

If you've had enough of your cracked tooth and you want the safest, most reliable dental care option available, then bonding is one decision you'll be happy you made! Give Crystal Falls Dental a call today at (512) 260-7400 and discover why dental destruction is never an option.

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