View it in your browser JUNE Newsletter 2019
The Challenges Of Missing Teeth
Having several missing teeth or being told by your dentist that you need several teeth extracted is a stressful experience. Not only are you dealing with the loss of function that those teeth provide when you are eating your favorite foods, but you are also faced with communication issues such as struggles with certain speech sounds and a lack of confidence to smile and laugh with others. A little-known fact is that when several teeth are missing, it can also change the visual appearance of your face, causing:
  • An overall change in the facial shape and structure
  • A sagging or sunken appearance
  • A recessed jawline
  • The appearance of premature aging
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Dental bonding to restore smiles and appearance
When teeth are discolored, decayed or broken, a viable option considered by most dentists, to restore the smile and oral health of the patient, is dental bonding. It involves applying a tooth-colored resin material (durable plastic etc.) to the tooth and allowing it to harden with the use of a special light so that this material bonds with the person’s tooth. The composite resin used in the procedure can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth.

Dental bonding is generally considered under the following circumstances:
  • If teeth are decayed
  • If teeth are chipped or cracked
  • If teeth are discolored and needs to improve in appearance
  • If there are spaces between teeth
  • If teeth are too short and need to look longer
  • If teeth are misshapen
  • As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
  • If a portion of the tooth's root has become exposed due to gum recession and needs protection
Advantages of bonding
  • Easy and a comparatively cheaper cosmetic dental procedure
  • Can usually be done in one visit to the dental office unless several teeth are involved
  • Less amount of tooth enamel is removed.
  • Anesthesia is usually not required unless filling a cavity
  • Is not as stain resistant as crowns
  • The bonding material is not as long-lasting or strong as other restorative procedures like crowns, veneers or fillings.
  • The bonding material can chip and break off the tooth.
After discussion with a patient, the dentist would decide what the best method of treatment is in a particular case.

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