My Blog

Posts for tag: bonding

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
March 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Woman With A Beautiful Bright White SmileYou've been dissatisfied with your smile appearance for quite some time now. You know your dentist in Lynchburg, Dr. Kevin Midkiff is an expert in cosmetic dental procedures, but you don't know what service might be best for your teeth and gums. Don't keep wondering. Dr. Midkiff will be happy to sit down with you and discuss your options. That's what a cosmetic dentistry consultation is all about.

What bothers you about your smile?

There's no doubt. Time plus simple wear and tear change how our smiles look to those around us. That being said, self-confidence takes a hit, too, when our teeth look dull, stained, chipped, or misaligned.

Think carefully about how you'd like to improve your smile. Then, come to Kevin Midkiff DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Lynchburg and share your ideas with this caring and highly skilled dentist. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry maintains that a frank discussion with your dentist about your goals and possible outcomes results in a smile that looks great and helps you feel your very best.

Offered cosmetic dentistry treatments

One of the most popular and affordable is professional teeth whitening. Applied either at-home or in the dental chair, concentrated whitening gel removes deeply embedded stains from tobacco, beverages, drugs, foods and more. And, you know your teeth are safe because Dr. Midkiff examines them before recommending any whitening or other cosmetic services.

For simple reshaping and repair of mildly flawed teeth, composite resin bonding and cosmetic reshaping can't be beat. Dr. Midkiff carefully sands and buffs away small chips, pits, and other surface defects, and as needed, he may add composite resin, a tooth-colored putty which can be sculpted and hardened to look and function just like real tooth enamel.

Another highly sought-after treatment is porcelain veneers. Bonded to the front of chipped, cracked or misshapen teeth, tooth-shaped veneers beautify and strengthen teeth for a Hollywood look which is customized to compliment your facial features.

Finally, Invisalign clear aligners provide a dual benefit. This inventive orthodontic system helps teens and older adults have beautiful smiles which are truly healthy and functional, too. Resembling thin teeth whitening trays, Invisalign appliances move teeth gradually without the discomforts or obvious appearance of metal or ceramic braces. Plus, the aligners are completely removable for meals and oral hygiene.

A smile makeover

While aesthetics are an important issue, some smiles need more help. If you'd like to investigate the benefits of a total smile makeover, Dr. Midkiff and his team can work with you toward that goal as well. From dental implants to porcelain crowns to bridgework and dentures, you can experience a smile that works as well as it looks.

Find out more

Dr. Kevin Midkiff would be pleased to help you toward your smile goals. Call his office today for a consultation in Lynchburg, VA, at (434) 239-8133. We have extended hours on Fridays and selected days until 6 o'clock

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
August 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  
ARoyalFix

So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?

Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!

Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.

If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.

A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.

Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”