What if you have more than just stains on your smile? What if you have issues with a chipped tooth, or problems with the shape or imperfections in the surfaces? If so, then you may benefit from cosmetic treatments like dental bonding and contouring. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist will look at how we offer cosmetic repair in just one sitting!
Don’t Ignore That Chipped Tooth
When you damaged a tooth, even if the chip looks pretty small or practically unnoticeable, you should still talk to us. The enamel protects the inner tissues from bacteria and keeps your tooth healthy and whole. But when damage occurs, this could expose the sensitive inner dentin to bacteria, allowing a cavity to form that could become infection or a missing tooth with time. Warning signs of trouble could include tooth sensitivity and toothaches. But addressing the issue quickly could be especially helpful!
If you chip a tooth, try to pick up any pieces you can and bring them to the office. In route, you can stem bleeding with a piece of cloth or gauze, and use a cold compress or ice pack against the side of the face to reduce swelling. When you get here, we will thoroughly clean your tooth and possibly etch the surface. We then prepare and place composite resin, a metal-free mixture of glass and acrylic, which we tint to blend with your tooth. We apply it in several layers, then sculpt the material as we cure the composite resin under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. The entire process only takes one visit! In addition to repairing minor damage, we also lengthen worn down teeth, close gaps between the teeth, reshape malformed teeth, and even mask permanent teeth stains.
In the same visit, we could also contour the teeth. The process involves sanding and buffing away small sections of outer structures to correct imperfections and improve smile beauty. For example, we can not only repair minor cracks that don’t expose dentin, but also dull sharp or pointed teeth. We can remove pits, grooves, and rough patches in the surfaces of the tooth too. Finally, we reshape overly large teeth. If you have any questions about either dental bonding or contouring then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a beautiful smile, one that fills you with confidence.
SCHEDULE YOUR NEXT COSMETIC VISIT SOON!
We want to help you enjoy a more attractive and healthier smile, which is why we offer cosmetic treatment and lifelike restorations. To learn more about cosmetic dental care, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.