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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.
September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth colored fillings can repair your cavity and keep your smile looking as natural and beautiful as possible. But what should you know fillingsabout tooth-colored fillings? Why would you choose them over other filling options? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Leslie Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC.

What is a tooth-colored filling? 
A tooth colored filling is a dental filling which maintains the same natural color as your tooth. In the past, fillings were made up of other, less natural-looking materials which were darker in color. Tooth-colored fillings restore almost all of the strength the tooth had before it was damaged. Dentists can use tooth-colored fillings on both the front and back teeth without sacrificing the aesthetics of your smile.

What can I expect from a procedure for tooth-colored fillings? 
Dentists most often use tooth-colored fillings to repair a tooth after it has been damaged by decay or trauma. A filling procedure removes the decayed portion of the tooth, ensuring no decay is left behind. Then, dentists fill the tooth with the tooth-colored composite material, restoring its structure. A specialized UV light directed at the filling materials hardens and sets it. Your dentist will then reshape the crown of the tooth to fit perfectly into your bite.

Tooth Colored Fillings in Washington, DC
Tooth colored fillings can benefit almost any patient requiring a dental filling or dental bonding procedure. Tooth colored fillings can often be used in conjunction with other procedures. These can include a simple filling for a small cavity or root canal requiring filling the entire tooth down to the bottom of its roots. In addition to filling decayed teeth, the materials which make up tooth-colored fillings can reshape a chipped or misshapen tooth.

For more information on tooth colored fillings, please contact Dr. Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC. Call (202) 249-9131 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bonner today!

By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
October 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out whether dental implants are the right choice for your smile.

When it comes to replacing one or more missing teeth you certainly have a lot more options today than you would have decades ago. dental implantsWe are fortunate to live in a day and age where we can fix just about any dental problem with amazing dental treatments and techniques. From the office of our Washington, DC dentist Dr. Leslie Bonner, find out if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you.

While it may seem like a rather long laundry list of factors that plays a role in whether someone is a good candidate for dental implants, we are happy to report that most people are great candidates for this restoration. We look at these factors for determining whether or not you are right for implants:

  • Healthy teeth and gums that are free of decay and gum disease
  • A strong, healthy jawbone that is dense enough to support an implant (if jawbone loss is too significant, our Washington, DC restorative dentist may recommend bone grafting)
  • Dedication to caring for your smile and your new restoration, which also means following up with routine dental visits and keeping your smile clean
  • The patient’s age is also a deciding factor. Since the jawbone has to be completely developed, children and teens whose jawbones are still developing aren’t good candidates for dental implants.
  • Smokers and heavy drinkers are more likely to experience implant failure (otherwise implants have approximately a 98 percent success rate). Smoking also slows down the healing process, making your recovery time longer. If you want implants we recommend ditching these habits for good.
  • Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, as well as those who have a suppressed immune system or a chronic health problem (e.g. diabetes) that they are unable to manage with medications and lifestyle changes are also not ideal candidates.

If you want to get dental implants in Washington, DC then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with The Bonner Dental Network. Give us a call today and get one step closer to having a complete smile.

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