If you have a chipped tooth, then you need to talk to your Kansas City, MO, dentist about repair. Otherwise, even minor chips could mean serious complications, including tooth decay and infection. In order to restore damaged teeth, we may opt for dental bonding. How does bonding repair a tooth in just one visit, and how should a person respond to a chipped tooth?
Addressing Your Chipped Tooth
Often, people assume that a chipped tooth may be embarrassing, but not necessarily a cause for concern. However, since any damage impacts the protective layer of outer tooth enamel, this could mean harmful bacteria reaching the inner layers of dentin, which are much more sensitive. Over time, tooth decay could form, as well as a dental infection. Patients then experience serious discomfort, such as tooth sensitivity and toothaches. Instead of putting your smile at risk, let us know as soon as possible. Try to recover any pieces of the tooth you can, and bring them with you. Be sure you use a piece of cloth or gauze to stem the bleeding and apply a cold compress to the side of the face to reduce swelling.
With dental bonding, we employ the same composite resin we use for our tooth-colored fillings. The material is not only strong and durable, but contains no metal and can be shaded to blend with your tooth. After we clean the tooth, we may gently etch the surface and apply the material in several layers. We then sculpt your tooth as the bonding material cures under a light. Finally, we polish the cured tooth to offer a more natural appearance. The entire procedure only takes one visit to complete, allowing you to leave with a whole and beautiful tooth. Along with repairs, we also employ the treatment to fill gaps between teeth and even mask permanent teeth stains.
Contouring and More
We may also address minor damage using contouring. Instead of adding a special material to the tooth, gently buffing away the outer structure to reshape the tooth. We can repair minor chips, remove pits or grooves in the tooth, dull overly pointed teeth, and address malformed teeth. The procedure only takes one visit to complete. If you have any questions about either of our one-visit cosmetic repair options, then contact our team today. Don’t live with a chipped tooth, let us restore your tooth!
Have You Chipped Your Tooth?
Our team will improve your smile’s health and appearance, often in just one visit. To learn more about one-visit cosmetic dental treatments, schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288. Let 2019 be the year you obtain a beautiful smile!