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By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
February 28, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

If you're missing a permanent tooth, or perhaps more than one, you've probably changed the way you interact with people and smile for implantpictures to disguise the spaces that these missing teeth have left. A damaged, incomplete smile can chip away at your self-esteem, not to mention your overall dental health. But smiling can become a natural part of your life again with dental implants, proudly offered by your dentist in Washington, DC, Dr. Leslie Bonner. Read on to learn how Dr. Bonner and his team have the skills and experience to make your smile whole again with dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants start as a tiny screw-like piece of high-quality, hypoallergenic metal that your Washington DC dentist will place in the space where your missing tooth once resided. This is a quick and relatively easy dental procedure. Your jawbone will naturally begin to grow around the metal post, stabilizing it over a period of several months. Once the post completely integrated, Dr. Bonner will attach another metal piece called an abutment, which will hold the topmost portion of the implant, the crown, in place.

How can dental implants help me?

Dental implants continue to gain in popularity, and Dr. Bonner, your Washington dentist, is one such advocate. That's because dental implants are the only fully permanent tooth restoration available; they can last several decades before needing any replacement or repair. They won't shift out of place while chewing, and their hardware is completely hidden, making them attractive and realistic. All of these benefits are passed on to the wearer, who can enjoy the look and functionality of a complete smile.

If you have further questions about the benefits of dental implants, or you want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Leslie Bonner, contact The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC to speak to one of our friendly scheduling staff today!

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
November 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

How Invisalign from your dentist in Washington DC can give you a great smile

InvisalignIf you are thinking about Invisalign, it’s only natural to wonder if it’s the right orthodontic treatment for you. The truth is, Invisalign appliances may look delicate, but they are strong enough to correct the same tooth and jaw alignment problems as conventional brackets and wires without any of the discomfort! Read below to learn more, and contact Dr. Leslie E. Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in downtown Washington DC for help in achieving the beautiful straight smile you’ve been waiting for.

More about Invisalign

Invisalign is revolutionary due to its innovative system of smooth, comfortable plastic trays, known as aligners that have no sharp metal parts to poke and irritate your gums, cheeks, and lips. Thanks to Invisalign, all you will experience is comfortable, user-friendly treatment!

However, comfort is just one reason why Invisalign is right for you. When you choose Invisalign, you will also experience:

  • Quick Results: Invisalign treatment typically is complete within 9 to 15 months
  • Discreet Treatment: Invisalign aligners are clear plastic, so no one will notice you are straightening your teeth
  • Easy Maintenance: You can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth and keep your smile healthy

Invisalign is also right for you if you worry about not being able to eat the foods you love during orthodontic treatment. Invisalign makes it easy to enjoy eating whatever you want, without worrying about getting food caught in your braces. You simply remove the aligners to eat and drink whatever foods and beverages you enjoy.

Furthermore, everyone knows that a straight smile is easier to keep clean and healthy. A straight smile helps prevent wear-and-tear to your teeth and avoid temporomandibular joint problems. Now, thanks to Invisalign, achieving a straight, beautiful smile is easier than ever.

Interested? Give Us a Call!

You need to discover for yourself why Invisalign is right for you. To learn more about how Invisalign can give you the great smile you deserve, call Dr. Leslie E. Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in downtown Washington DC today! (202) 249-9131

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!





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