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By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
September 25, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Bright White TeethDental fillings don't have to change the appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic fillings look just like your natural tooth color and offer an excellent alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Your downtown Washington, DC, dentist Dr. Leslie Bonner offers fillings at The Bonner Dental Network.

What are cosmetic fillings?

Cosmetic fillings are made of composite resin, a soft material composed of powdered plastic and glass. Composite resin is available is tinted to match common tooth colors, ensuring that your dental work is never noticeable. Before you receive a filling, your downtown Washington, DC, dentist will choose a color that closely matches your natural tooth color.

What happens when I receive a cosmetic filling?

Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, then remove the decayed portion of your tooth. Eliminating decay also requires the removal of a margin of healthy tooth structure around the decayed area. The larger the area removed, the weaker the tooth may become. Cosmetic fillings require removal of a smaller margin than silver amalgam fillings, which helps your tooth remain strong.

After the decay is removed, your dentist will apply an etching solution that will help the filling adhere to your tooth, followed by bonding material and the composite resin filling. Your new filling will quickly harden after it's exposed to an ultraviolet curing light.

Cosmetic fillings offer a few important benefits. They bond to your teeth, improving their strength, and don't react to temperature changes. Silver amalgam fillings, in contrast, contract and expand when they're exposed to hot or cold foods or beverages. Constant contraction and expansion can eventually weaken your tooth and increase your risk of cracks and fractures.

Are you ready to improve your smile with a cosmetic filling? Call your downtown Washington, DC dentist Dr. Leslie Bonner of The Bonner Dental Network at (202) 249-9131 to schedule your appointment.

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
July 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

Tooth ExtractionThough a tooth extraction is normally a last resort treatment for damaged or decayed teeth, they are sometimes necessary to save your smile. However, understanding when your dentist may use an extraction to repair your smile can help you determine if this is the best course of treatment for you. Find out more about when an extraction becomes necessary with Dr. Leslie Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in Downtown Washington, DC.

Do I need an extraction? 
In most cases, dentists will only suggest extraction if other procedures like a filling or root canal cannot work to repair a broken, damaged, or heavily decayed tooth. Some of the signs a tooth is too far gone for dentists to correct with other methods include a severe toothache or a broken tooth. You may also need an extraction if you have an impacted tooth which has grown in sideways and not erupted from the gums. In other cases, dentists may extract a tooth to make room for the surrounding teeth to move, often before orthodontic treatment.

What can I expect during an extraction? 
Before your extraction, your dentist will use x-rays to fully understand the tooth’s situation and exactly how they should extract it. An extraction procedure always begins with administering a local anesthetic to numb the area of the tooth to ensure that the patient does not feel any pain or discomfort during their treatment. Your dentist will use specialized tools to carefully rock your tooth out of its socket and remove it from the bone. If your tooth is impacted, your dentist will open the gum tissue to reach the tooth and remove it before closing the gum tissue with stitches.

Tooth Extraction in Downtown Washington, DC
If you think you need a tooth extraction, you should speak to your dentist as soon as possible. Putting off an extraction can result in serious issues and discomfort. After your extraction, be sure to follow your dentist’s care instructions carefully. For more information on extractions, please contact Dr. Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in Downtown Washington, DC. Call (202) 249-9131 to schedule your appointment today!

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
June 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsHow dental implants from your dentist in Washington D.C. can remake your smile.

 

Chances are you’ve heard about dental implants, but you may not know that much about them. If you are missing teeth or have worn a denture for a long time and want different tooth replacement, you owe it to yourself to find out the facts about dental implants. Dr. Leslie Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC wants to share what you need to know about dental implants.

So what are dental implants? They are the closest to natural teeth as you can get. During a simple in-office procedure, the implant “screw” is placed in your jaw. It will function as the “root” of your tooth. Over a healing period, your body builds up bone to surround the implant screw and lock it in place. A dental implant crown is then placed over the implant screw, and you have a new tooth!

Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. They can also provide a supportive framework for a dental appliance, keeping the appliance in place.

Dental implants are different from partials, dentures, or dental bridgework because dental implants are:

  • Naturally beautiful; they look virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
  • Completely stable; they are firmly embedded in bone, so they won’t move around when you speak or eat.
  • Permanent; they become a part of your smile because you never take them out.
  • Healthy; you brush and floss dental implants right along with your natural teeth.

Dental implants also help you conserve the bone in your jaw, retaining your firm jawline and full contours of your face. This means a younger-looking face! When you choose dental implants you never have to worry about decay or staining because the implant crown material repels stains. It’s great to know your dental implants will stay beautiful for years.

If you want or need tooth replacement, or you’re tired of wearing a denture, consider dental implants! Make the investment in your smile by calling Dr. Leslie Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC. Call today and start working on your new smile!

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
April 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

You wish you had gotten your smile straightened when you were a child, but you just didn't have the opportunity. Now, as an adult invisalignprofessional, you would feel more confident with a healthy, well-aligned smile. But, who wants a mouth full of obvious metal braces? At the Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC, you can receive today's most innovative orthodontic treatment: Invisalign clear aligners. They're comfortable, thin, and so discreet.

What are Invisalign aligners?

They are custom-made appliances which resemble teeth whitening trays. Fitted snugly to top and bottom teeth, these smooth aligners move crooked teeth into healthier and more attractive positions. During their 9 to 18 month treatments, patients advance through 18 to 30 aligner pairs, removing them for oral hygiene, for meals and for special occasions such as job interviews or weddings.

However, there's no real need to remove Invisalign aligners for appearance's sake. Frankly, they are so discreet, only you and Dr. Leslie Bonner will know you're wearing them. That's why the innovative Invisalign system is so popular in Washington, DC and around the world.

Treatment with Invisalign

It starts with a complete oral examination, including a three-dimensional scan. The Invisalign lab uses Dr. Bonner's treatment plan and your scan to individually and precisely craft each aligner pair.

When you begin wearing your appliances (20 to 22 hours a day is optimal), you'll find them easy to care for (just wash in warm water and replace) and comfortable. The smooth design causes none of the oral abrasions or soreness typical of conventional braces. Also, your dentist will not restrict your diet in any way. Just eat your usual healthy diet.

As your treatment progresses, your teeth will shift gradually. Invisalign treats a variety of smile alignment issues, including:

  • Overjet
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Tooth rotation
  • Tooth tipping

Finally, you will visit The Bonner Dental Network every four to six weeks for easy progress checks. Appointments are short, and there are no painful adjustments. Just pick up your next aligner pairs.

Find out more

Forbes magazine reports that by 2014, 2.4 million people had Invisalign smiles. Should you join their ranks? If you'd like more information on amazing Invisalign aligners, please call The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC at (202) 249-9131.

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
January 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Damaged teeth are embarrassing, but modern dentistry has state of the art technology to help you deal with this issue. Dr. Leslie Bonner dental crownsoffers his patients dental crowns at his Washington, DC, office to mask those unsightly teeth so you have a beautiful smile.

What are dental crowns?

Crowns look like caps and are made of porcelain. Your Washington, DC, dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime though, you're given a temporary crown.

So why get a dental crown anyway?

During restorative procedures, such as root canals, a significant amount of natural tooth is removed. This leaves the tooth exposed to decay and susceptible to breakage, which is why a dental crown is placed over the tooth. The dental crown reinforces the tooth and allows it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.

Here are some other procedures that use dental crowns:

  • Attaching bridges
  • Covering dental implants
  • Covering stained or discolored teeth

How do I take care of my crowns?

  • It goes without saying that you need to brush twice a day and floss before bed. However, make sure to give special attention to the area around your dental crown. It's important to avoid plaque to reduce the chances of cavities forming and impacting the dental restoration.
  • In addition to brushing and flossing, your diet can contribute to your crowns lasting up to 8 years, or more. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy. Sugars contain the bacteria that produce plaque. So try eating healthy foods like apples and carrots that scrape the plaque off your teeth and incorporate more water into your diet.

For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact your dentist, Dr. Leslie Bonner in Washington, DC, as soon as possible.





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