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By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
January 30, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dermal fillers  

Many patients come to The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC, looking for a cosmetic solution for their teeth, but are surprised todermal fillers learn that this office also offers cosmetic treatments for the skin. You can get a dermal filler treatment in the same chair where you get your teeth whitened. Find out what fillers can do for your face, your smile and your overall appearance.

What Are Dermal Fillers?
A filler is a special formula made of hyaluronic acid, calcium and other substances that help to fill out lines and wrinkles in the skin for an extended period of time. The filler is injected into specific areas of the face to help give the skin a smoother, tighter and younger appearance. Patients who come to The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC, for smile makeovers are happy to learn that they can also get this cosmetic treatment for their skin.

What Can Fillers Do for You?
Dermal fillers can help take years off of your face. Here are a few issues that this treatment can address:

  • relax wrinkles
  • fill in crow’s feet around the eyes and lines around the mouth
  • tighten nasal labial folds
  • make lips look fuller

Getting a younger looking face and a younger looking smile at your dentist’s office can do wonders for your confidence. 

A Relatively Quick Appointment
If you and your dentist decide that dermal fillers are right for you, you'll be happy to learn that the appointment will be relatively short and simple. You’ll lay back in the dentist’s chair as the injections are carefully administered over the course of about 15 minutes. Beforehand, your dentist may administer a local anesthetic to make the experience more comfortable. The results can last up to 18 months.

Ask Your Dentist if Fillers Are Right for You
If you have a cosmetic concern that you believe may be resolved with the help of dermal fillers call The Bonner Dental Network to get confirmation. Call today to schedule an evaluation at one of the locations in Washington, DC.

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
February 04, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Have gum issues that are affecting the look of your smile? This can easily be treated!

When we think about beautiful smiles we don’t often think about the gums. But if you have uneven or excessive gums (also referred to as uneven gums“gummy smiles”), then you are probably a bit self-conscious about how your smile appears to others. If this sounds like you then it’s time you talked to our Washington DC cosmetic dentists--Dr. Leslie Bonner, Dr. Kevin Gregory and Dr. Mina Sawires--about gum treatments that can have your smile looking healthier and more even.

What causes uneven gums?

There are a number of reasons why your gums are uneven, excessive, or receding including genetics, a specific health issue, or even taking certain prescription medications.

Gum recession can cause your gums to appear too low and make teeth look longer. This can expose the tooth root causing pain and sensitivities. This gum recession can lead to serious issues like tooth loss and decay. Gum recession is often caused by gum disease, which can also cause both bone and tooth loss.

Should I consider gum contouring surgery?

While not medically required this procedure is great for those looking to improve the aesthetic appearance of their gums. While gum contouring can also be recommended for those with gum issues due to periodontal disease, this procedure is ideal for those just looking to change the overall shape of their gums to get a more attractive smile.

What is the procedure like?

This surgery is performed right here in our Washington DC dental office using traditional tools and laser dentistry. We will talk to you about which method is the ideal one for giving you the best smile. We will also talk to you about your goals for treatment and may mark the new gum line so you can decide if that is the look you want.

Then a local anesthesia will be injected into the area to numb it. We will use either lasers or manual tools to reshape the gums, removing excessive gum tissue when necessary and even some of the bone at the front of the tooth’s roots to get the best overall look.

The Bonner Dental Network, P.C. is happy to offer cosmetic dentistry to the Washington DC area. If you are looking to get a more fabulous smile then it’s time you gave us a call.

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
December 07, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are one of the few permanent answers to missing teeth. Whether you are missing one or many, implants can replace dental implantsteeth, looking just as natural and functioning just as well as your own.

Parts of a Dental Implant
Dental implants are made up of three parts:

  • Implant fixture: The fixture is made up of a post, which takes the place of a tooth’s root, and is implanted directly into the bone underneath the gum tissue where the missing tooth once was.
  • Implant abutment: The abutment is fastened onto the fixture, and sits above the gumline. This is attached at a separate appointment after the fixture has been placed and the surgical site has had time to heal completely.
  • Prosthetic: The last part of the implant is the false tooth, constructed to look as natural as possible, and matched in color to the surrounding teeth so it blends in flawlessly.

The Procedure
A consultation appointment is necessary before the actual implant procedure. This is your time to ask any questions or put forth any concerns you have about your implants. Your Washington, D.C. dentist will walk you through the procedure itself, and x-rays will most likely be taken. A mold of the mouth is taken to send to a dental laboratory where the prosthetic teeth will be made. The fixture is implanted under general anesthesia. Once healed, the abutment is attached to the fixture, and the prosthetic tooth is attached to the abutment. With the implants healed and the hardware in place, caring for your new teeth is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Brush and floss twice daily, and be sure to schedule regular dental examinations twice yearly. Biannual dental exams help your dentist keep track of how your implants are doing and determine if they need any adjustments.

Since the patient will have to undergo general anesthesia in order to receive dental implant surgery, they should be in good general health. They should also be in good dental health, with minimal bone loss in the jaw to ensure proper placement of the implant fixture.

If you are in need of dental implants, The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, D.C can answer any questions you may have. Call (202) 249-9131 to schedule your appointment today!

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
October 08, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Excessive Gums  

Whether it’s a professional headshot for work, or a family portrait for the yearly holiday card, you want to be noticed for your beautiful and glowing teeth - not your gums. But this doesn't have to mean a lifetime of pictures with a closed lip, Mona Lisa smile. There areExcessive Gums several cosmetic dental procedures available at The Bonner Dental Network in Washington that can treat your gummy smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Washington

Gum lifts and soft tissue grafts can help augment excessive or uneven gums for a more symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing smile.

Cosmetic Treatments for a Gummy Smile

Crown lengthening is typically used to make room for a dental crown or filling by removing excess gum and bone tissue. Your dentist can also use the procedure to trim excessive gum tissue for correcting a gummy smile. A crown lengthening can also make the teeth easier to clean and prevent bacteria from pooling under the gum line.

A gum lift or soft tissue graft is another option available to help manage excessive gum tissue, which most commonly occurs around the top teeth. Like a crown lengthening, a gum lift can help to correct a gummy smile by pulling back excess gum tissue and helping to even out the gum line for a more natural-looking, even smile.

While a gummy smile is a cosmetic issue that does not necessarily impact oral health and hygiene, it can lead to issues with self-confidence and affect quality of life. For more information on cosmetic dental options for fixing a gummy smile, contact The Bonner Dental Network in D.C. today at (202) 470-2888 to schedule a consultation.

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