Posts for tag: bonding

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
February 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental BondingLittle things mean a lot, including how smiles function and look. If you dislike the appearance of your teeth because of flaws like chips, cracks, gaps, and ragged length, you should take the time to explore an effective cosmetic treatment. Called composite resin bonding, or dental bonding, this one-visit process can transform your teeth into spectacular form! Performed by your dentist in Carbondale, IL, Dr. Mazhar Butt, bonding could be your gateway to a rejuvenated smile.


The background on dental bonding

Dental bonding is a one-visit cosmetic service which uses a unique polymer to resurface and repair teeth marred by unsightly cosmetic defects. Say, for instance, you have a chip on your front tooth. The tooth is healthy, but you feel embarrassed by that chip when you smile.

Here's how bonding can help. Composite resin is a polymer composed of natural-looking glass particles and durable and flexible acrylic. Your Carbondale, IL, dentist applies it in layers, shapes it for a realistic cosmetic result. and hardens the material with a UV light. This resin is also used to repair cavities because the material bonds directly to the tooth, requires less enamel reduction than amalgam fillings, and seamlessly matches natural tooth structure.

You can have that bothersome chip repaired in just one short appointment. Dr. Butt surface-prepares the tooth with sandpaper and a mild etching chemical to ensure a solid bond. Then, he adds and shapes the resin, hardening each layer. A final buffing completes the repair, and you're ready to go with no discomfort and no downtime whatsoever.


The advantages of bonding

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry praises composite resin bonding for its many patient benefits, including:

  • Budget-friendly cost
  • Versatility, for it remakes a variety of flaws and restores decay
  • Durability and flexibility, as it withstands normal oral functions
  • Transitional properties, meaning resin can be used to remake a tooth while a patient waits for a crown or veneer
  • Complementing or completing more extensive cosmetic and restorative treatments as part of a total smile makeover
  • Realistic color and texture


Just like it never happened
You can say goodbye to your minor smile imperfections by contacting the friendly team at Dr. Mazhar Butt's office. Call (618) 457-2123 today to arrange your cosmetic dentistry consultation—we know you'll be pleased with his expert and kindly care and the results composite resin bonding produces!

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
November 13, 2014
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.”