Some of our patients at Oracle Family Dental worry that their teeth appear asymmetrical or too short. These conditions often result from either misshapen teeth or excess gum tissue.
Patients who wish to correct these issues can talk to Dr. Maxwell Johnson about dental bonding and gum contouring.
Dental bonding uses composite resin, the same material the doctor uses for tooth-colored fillings, to increase the length of teeth and fill in spaces between them.
The doctor can easily mold the resin into any shape he needs to provide patients with evenly shaped teeth. Some people even choose dental bonding to cover stubborn stains or areas of discoloration that fail to respond to whitening treatments.
Dr. Johnson performs gum contouring procedures by using a laser to remove excess gum tissue that has grown over the teeth or in between them, causing them to appear short or misaligned. The laser cauterizes the wound as he cuts, reducing the likelihood of bleeding or infection.
To learn more about dental bonding and gum contouring, call our Oro Valley, AZ dental office today at (520) 219-7004 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson.
The application of dental bonding typically takes about 30 minutes, with additional time required for more teeth. Dr. Johnson will use a shading guide to tint the composite resin, matching it to your natural tooth color.
Next, the doctor will prepare the tooth for bonding by lightly etching it and applying a liquid conditioner to help the resin adhere to the tooth. When the doctor has sufficiently prepared the tooth, he will apply the resin, molding it to the desired size and shape.
Dr. Johnson will smooth the surface of the tooth and use a curing light to harden the resin as he continues to trim and shape it. When the bonding hardens, the doctor will check for proper occlusion and make any necessary adjustments. He will then polish the tooth until it matches the sheen of your natural teeth.
Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding
Dr. Johnson can complete the cosmetic bonding procedure in just one visit, typically without the need for anesthesia. Because it requires no lab work or ceramic materials, the procedure remains relatively inexpensive. In fact, many patients use bonding as a less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers.
The resin used for the procedure will bond chemically with your tooth providing durability and protection from decay. The versatility of the resin Dr. Johnson uses allows him to mold or shape it in any way necessary to make your teeth look stunning, and the ability to tint the resin to match your natural tooth color makes repairs virtually indistinguishable.
Laser Gum Contouring
Dr. Johnson can completely reshape a patient’s gum line, adding symmetry and giving the patient a more youthful appearance. Gum contouring reduces the amount of gum that shows when a patient smiles, allowing him to flash a more attractive, toothier grin.
Using the contouring procedure, the doctor can also remove gum tissue that has grown over the patient’s teeth, causing them to appear small or unusually shaped. The doctor removes this excess tissue, lengthening the appearance of the teeth and evening out the gums so the teeth look straight.
The doctor uses a local anesthetic to numb the mouth, then gently removes excess gum tissue with the laser. Using the laser allows Dr. Johnson to complete the procedure in a single visit, and results in little, if any, discomfort to the patient.
The doctor can achieve great precision with the laser, and the heat it generates immediately cauterizes the incision as the doctor works. This helps minimize the risk for infection and promotes quick healing, with little inflammation or bleeding.
Patients will experience swollen or sore gums for about a week following the procedure, so they will need to brush and floss gently. Most patients find the discomfort during healing minimal, and can typically manage any pain with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Benefits of Gum Contouring
The gum contouring offers some health benefits in addition to the aesthetic ones. Removing extra gum tissue helps reduce the likelihood of pockets forming in the gums. These pockets serve as gathering places for harmful bacteria that can cause infections that lead to gum disease.
A reshaping of the gums through the contouring procedure provides patients with attractive, friendly smiles. This new, improved look helps to boost confidence and increases patients’ willingness to smile and be social, which makes them feel happy and seem more approachable to others.
Call Our Office Today
If you would like to learn more about dental bonding or gum contouring, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson, call our Oro Valley, AZ, dental office today at (520) 219-7004.