My Fixed Bridge Makes My Life Easier

When I had a badly decayed tooth extracted, I got a partial denture to fill in the gap. I didn't mind it at first, because I was just so happy to have my painful tooth out of my mouth. Over time, I began to get tired of taking it out at night. I asked my dentist if I was could get a dental implant, and he said that my gum disease did not make me a good candidate, but a fixed bridge may be a good option for me. I went with his suggestion, and I have no regrets. I love feeling like I have a real tooth again that I don't have to remove at night. I created this blog to remind other people with a missing tooth that they have many replacement options, and if one is not for you, then try another that may be right.

Tips To Make Your Bonding Last As Long As Possible

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Bonding is a tooth beautification process that uses resin-based materials to fix cracks and chips in the teeth. Bonding involves a process where the resin attaches to the natural tooth material. Basically, it bonds to the teeth. The bonding compound is an inexpensive alternative to the application of veneers or crowns. Unfortunately, bonding does not last forever. It can last up to about 10 years. If you want the resin on your teeth to last as long as possible, then follow the tips below.

Avoid Abrasive Toothpastes

Maintenance that involves cleaning the teeth properly is a good way to keep bonding in good shape. This also helps to reduce staining around the edge or lip of the bonding material. However, you do not want to be too aggressive about the cleaning, or the bonding can be scraped or scratched from the teeth. Scraping, scratching, and wearing will cause the bonding to fail sooner than it should. 

Aggressive cleaning occurs with highly abrasive toothpastes. These pastes are the ones that contain alumina, silica, and calcium carbonate. Most highly abrasive toothpastes are marketed as whitening pastes or stain removing varieties. Stay away from these pastes. You should instead look for ones that have baking soda or are labeled as gently cleaning or sensitive toothpastes. 

Natural toothpastes are often a good choice for cleaning as well. These pastes may contain sea salt or seaweed and clean the teeth gently.

Avoid Extremely Hard Foods

Dental enamel is extremely strong and able to withstand stress and pressure from food and the biting force of the jaw. While resin is relatively strong, it is not nearly as strong as enamel, and it does not last as long as porcelain either. In fact, resin bonding materials can crack and chip. The resin may not stay bonded to the tooth and may break away. 

One of the ways that bonding can be cracked and chipped is by eating hard foods that need to be crushed. Chewing on ice, hard candies, certain nuts, brittle, and other types of hard items should be avoided. If the foods are ones that need to be crushed strongly by the back molars to consume, they should be avoided.

Hitting the teeth with bottles, cups, or other objects can cause cracking as well. Be careful with hard cups and other utensils, and never place non-food items in the mouth. This includes pen caps, pencils, and other things you may mindlessly chew on during the day. For more information, contact a dentist like David D. Childress, DDS.


28 February 2017