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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.

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
December 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillers  

How your dentist in Washington, D.C. can take years off of your facefillers

Dermal fillers used to be administered only by dermatologists, but times have changed! Many dentists also provide cosmetic services including dermal fillers. So what exactly are dermal fillers? What can dermal fillers do for you? These are both excellent questions and Dr. Leslie Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in downtown Washington, D.C. wants to help introduce you to the benefits of dermal fillers.

Dermal fillers are fluid, gel-like materials that are injected into your skin. They work by “plumping up” your skin and replacing youthful volume lost to aging. Your skin will look smoother and fine lines and wrinkles are dramatically reduced or eliminated.

At Bonner Dental Network, a trained specialist will help you decide on which dental filler material would be best for you. Botox and Juvederm are two of the most popular dermal fillers used to reduce the appearance of:

  • Glabella; the lines between your eyebrows
  • Furrows; the lines in your forehead
  • Crow’s feet; the lines at the corners of your eyes
  • Naso-labial folds; vertical lines from your nose to your mouth
  • Lip lines; small vertical wrinkles from your nose to your lips

There are many advantages of dermal fillers when compared to other cosmetic facial treatments. Consider that dermal filler treatment is:

  • Quick; treatment takes only a few minutes.
  • Easily tolerated; a numbing spray can be used beforehand.
  • Minimally invasive; treatment requires little to no downtime.
  • Long-lasting; results can last between 6 and 18 months.
  • Less expensive; treatment costs far less than other cosmetic services.

The number of injections you will need varies depending on the area or areas being treated. The cost of treatment depends on the number of injections. Your provider will discuss treatment options and cost beforehand and what you can expect from treatment.

If you’ve been thinking about dermal fillers, it’s time to find out more about how you can combine this treatment with your next dental visit. You can have a great smile and a younger-looking face all in the same appointment! For more information about dermal fillers call Dr. Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in downtown Washington, D.C. today!





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