Announcing San Francisco Dentist Dr. Russell Young DDS Providing General & Cosmetic Dentistry

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San Francisco, CA Dentist, Dr. Russell Young DDS, is devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of ones smile using, conservative measures such as dental bonding.

According to Dr. Russell C. Young, DDS, "The most current dental bonding technique is able to preserve tooth structure as opposed to crowns which requires excess removal of tooth structure and no dental bonding."

Dental Bonding is a procedure in which a restorative material is “bonded” onto the tooth, to restore or improve a person’s smile. Strong covalent bonds are formed between the material and remaining tooth structure which strengthens the tooth compared to traditional dental materials which do not bond to the tooth. These dental materials are usually composed of a durable tooth color resin and/or porcelain. The bonding properties allows on many occasions for less removal of teeth structure to remedy a problem.

According to Dr. Russel C. Young DDS, "The most current dental bonding technique is able to preserve tooth structure as opposed to crowns which requires excess removal of tooth and structure and no dental bonding. Also, dental bonding can create superior aesthetic results."

A bonding procedure may be used in the following situations:

  •     To repair teeth that are decayed, chipped or cracked
  •     To cover and protect a portion of the tooth’s root that became exposed from gum recession
  •     Cosmetically these bonding materials can be painted “or sculpted” into the teeth to improve appearance and strengthens the entire teeth by reinforcing the remaining teeth, i.e. closing spaces between the teeth to change the shape and color of the teeth.

The tooth surface is generally roughed by applying a conditioning liquid to help the dental material adhere to the tooth. The tooth color material initially is a soft putty-like resin which is then applied molded and smoothed to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light is then used to harden the material by polymerization. After the material is hardened, the dentist will further shape, trim and polish to match the sheen of the tooth surface.

Depending on the procedure, dental bonding takes about 30-90 minutes per tooth to complete. For smaller to moderate repairs using composite materials. However porcelain veneers or fillings will require a laboratory fabrication of the restoration and requires a two appointments process.

According to Dr. Young, there are some limitations to dental bonding. Composite is somewhat stain resistant, but does not resist stains as well as a laboratory restoration. If a tooth requires a more stronger material, other than a composite a bonded porcelain filling or veneers fabricated in a dental laboratory which last just as long as a traditional non-bonding crown as is stain resistant.

Although teeth bonding has been available in dentistry since the mid 1980’s, The American Dental Association (ADA) recently reported that only 50% of dentists in the Unites States are providing these services,

Although, on occasions, a crown is best for a particular tooth problem. The dental bonding options on many occasion allows for a better tooth conserve restoration for the patient instead of silver fillings and crowns. Care and maintenance for teeth bonding does not have any required special care. Practice good oral hygiene brushing and floss twice daily and getting a regular routine professional checkups and preventative cleanings from your dentist.

The cost for composite fillings generally is the same or slightly more than a silver filling, (estimating from $100 to $400 per tooth). A bonded porcelain fillings and veneer costs generally ranges the same as a crown between $800 to $1,500 per tooth. The actual cost varies depending on where you live. Check with your dental insurance company to find out if these teeth bonding services are fully or partially covered.

Dr. Russell Young DDS is a renowned San Francisco cosmetic dentist and practices preventative, restorative & aesthetic dentistry. We are currently accepting new patients and referrals. Call 415-928-8288 for your free consultation or visit our website for more information:


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