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By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
June 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

Tooth PainIn the past, a toothache often meant that the tooth would need to be removed; however, thanks to modern dentistry, most of the time the tooth can be saved. Of course, there are instances in which getting a tooth extraction is actually not only recommended but actually better for the health of your smile in the long run. Here are the most common reasons our Washington DC cosmetic dentist Dr. Leslie Bonner performs a tooth extraction.

Impaction

Impacted teeth are teeth that are unable to grow in properly, partially emerging through the gums. This commonly happens with wisdom teeth, the third set of molars that usually develop around your teen years or early twenties. Impacted teeth are a problem because they leave a hole in your gums that can allow bacteria to enter.

To reduce your risk for infection, damage to surrounding teeth and other problems, our Washington DC dentist will often recommend having the impacted wisdom teeth removed.

Overcrowding

If a patient is dealing with severe crowding and is planning to get braces, your dentist may recommend having one or two teeth removed prior to treatment to give your teeth enough room to shift around.

While braces are extremely effective at fixing crooked, misaligned smiles, if you are dealing with significant crowding then removing one or two teeth beforehand could make your treatment faster and more effective.

Dental Damage

While a broken or decayed tooth can easily be treated without needing to be removed, there are some instances in which damage can be severe enough that the only option is to extract the tooth.

This occurs when there is so much decay that none of the tooth’s structure is viable. If your tooth is severely broken or the crack has managed to develop below the gum line then the tooth will also need to be pulled and replaced.

Disease

One of the most common causes of tooth loss for adults is gum disease. If gum disease isn’t treated it will continue to create pockets of bacteria that will pull the gums away from the teeth. Over time, this leads to loose teeth and tooth loss.

If you are wondering whether your teen’s wisdom teeth will need to come out this is something that can be monitored during their six-month checkup. Of course, feel free to schedule an appointment or consultation with our dentist at The Bonner Dental Network in Washington DC to learn more about the dental services we offer.

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.
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.



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