Bonded Dental Restorations Tampa, FL

Bonded restorations are restorations composed of tooth-colored materials that are bonded directly onto the teeth. Bonding can help strengthen the remaining tooth structure, reducing the risk of future breakdown and fractures. Due to their durability and the fact that they look like natural teeth, bonded restorations are recommended for both cosmetic and restorative procedures. With bonded restorations in Tampa, we can help you restore the natural beauty of your smile.

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What Are the Benefits of Bonded Restorations?

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There are several benefits associated with bonded restorations, including:

  • Natural, tooth-like appearance
  • Firm adhesion to the tooth structure
  • Durability
  • Allows you to avoid more extensive restorations
  • Minimal removal of tooth structure

One of the goals of your Tampa dentist is to provide you with a strong, healthy smile. If we need to remove a lot of tooth structure to place a specific type of restoration, we can leave the tooth vulnerable to fracture. Thankfully, with bonded restorations, we don’t have to remove as much healthy tooth structure. Instead, the materials that bond the restoration to the tooth add to the strength of the remaining natural tooth structure.

Types of Bonded Restorations in Tampa

In the past, only a few types of restorations could be bonded to the tooth. Thankfully, advances in dentistry allow us to bond multiple types of restorations, including the following.

Composite Fillings

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Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, can restore a tooth damaged by dental decay. We can use this material on front and back teeth, which can help improve the appearance of any tooth that needs a filling.

The biocompatible composite resin bonds to the tooth and strengthens damaged areas by sealing them. The resin material comes in a variety of shades, so your Tampa dentist can match the natural color of your tooth, and no one will ever know you’ve had a filling.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain that fit over the top of your front teeth to improve their appearance. Porcelain veneers are custom-made to improve minimal-to-moderate imperfections, such as:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Stubborn stains
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Short teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth

Porcelain has light-reflecting properties similar to natural teeth. They’re also stain-resistant, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods and beverages without worrying about damaging the material.

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Porcelain Dental Crowns

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A dental crown is recommended in the following situations:

  • A broken tooth (fractured cusp)
  • A visible crack
  • Cracked tooth syndrome
  • Large filling
  • Deep decay
  • Root canal therapy
  • Misshapen teeth

The crown fits over the tooth to support it and add structure. Crowns can come in various materials, including gold, porcelain, and porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain crowns are often requested because they look natural and blend in with a patient’s existing dentition.

Porcelain Bridges

A porcelain dental bridge is made of the same material used to fabricate dental crowns. A bridge is a three (or more) unit fixed restoration that helps replace a missing tooth. Two abutment crowns are fused to a pontic (fake tooth). The crowns fit on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, and the pontic fits in the empty space. A bridge helps prevent tooth shifting that often occurs after a tooth has been lost, reducing your risk of malocclusion, TMJ disorder, and damaged teeth.

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Dental Implants

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Dental implants are another way to restore missing teeth. They are the ideal solution because they not only fill in the space and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting but also help support the jawbone. A tooth’s roots anchor the jawbone. When the roots are gone, the bone will eventually start to recede. Since part of an implant is a metal post that is placed into the jawbone, you will not only keep adjacent teeth and your jaw joints healthy, but you’ll also keep the jawbone itself healthy and strong.

Strength and Stability Are Important Components of Good Oral Health

When we think of good oral health, we might think of decay-free teeth or combating periodontal disease. Two other essential components of good oral health are strength and stability. Your Tampa dentist is concerned with the strength, health, and stability of your jawbone and natural teeth. When we can restore teeth in a way that preserves their innate strength, we call that a win! And bonded restorations allow us to provide our patients with restorations that do just that.

If you’d like more information about bonded restorations in Tampa, contact us at (813) 445-7162

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