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My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.


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Three Major Threats To Bonded Teeth

by Alfredo Moore

Different cosmetic dentistry treatments may require different forms of care, but they all require some level of maintenance. Dental bonding is an example of a treatment that doesn't require much beyond routine dental care. However, there are still threats you need to be aware of. Here are examples of the three major ones:

Physical Stress

The material used in dental bonding, composite resin, isn't as strong as other dental treatments such as porcelain veneers. It isn't as strong as your teeth, either. This means physical stress can damage it. The damage can come in the form of enamel chips or cracks. In a worst case scenario, the bonding material may even come off. At any given time, it is advisable to avoid using your teeth as a tool; for example, by using them to bend wires. However, this advice is even more valuable after you have undergone dental bonding treatment, because such habits place great stress and pressure on your teeth.

Pigmented Substances

Your teeth's enamel is porous, which is why it stains easily. The staining materials get into the grooves and stick on their sides; this effectively increases the available surface area for staining. Since the composite resin is also porous, it stains just as easily as your natural teeth.

This is where the comparison ends, however, because the two greatly differ when it comes to teeth whitening. The available bleaching products may work on your teeth, but not on the bonding material. Therefore, you need to avoid stain-causing agents (such as tobacco) if you have had the dental bonding treatment. Otherwise, your treatment will stain, and you will have no option but to get a new one.

Acidic Substances

The third threat to your dental bonding treatment is acid. Acid erodes the bonding material, which effectively undo your treatment objectives. Eroded composite treatment may need to be retouched or replaced. It's best to cut back on your consumption of acidic drinks and foods if you wish to avoid such complications. Examples of such substances include citrus fruits and wine. It also helps to drink a little water after having an acidic food or drink, to neutralize the acid. Brushing is also good, but wait a few minutes so that you don't worsen the erosion.

For specific instructions on what to do, follow your dentist's instructions for taking care of your bonded teeth. Don't forget to consult the cosmetic dentist too whenever there is a problem with your treatment.