We have a number of options available to repair damaged teeth, such as crowns for fractures or veneers for misshapen teeth. However, should you chip a tooth, we can often fix it in one visit using dental bonding. How does the dental bonding procedure work?
The Risks of a Damaged Tooth
What makes a damaged tooth so dangerous for your smile? Simply put, even a minor chop could expose the inner tooth structure typically protected by the outer enamel. Bacteria can then reach the inner layers, causing decay to form. A cavity can lead to discomfort and without treatment, a greater risk of infection and eventually, adult tooth loss. Addressing a chipped tooth, even if the problem seems minor, can often help safeguard your smile.
Dental Bonding and Contouring
In order to repair the tooth, we may prescribe dental bonding. With this cosmetic procedure, we clean the tooth and gently etch the surface. We then apply the composite resin material, which will be shaded to match the surrounding tooth structure. As the material cures under a light, the dentist can sculpt and mold the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth to ensure a more natural appearance. In one visit, we can protect your teeth from serious complications.
Now, if the damage is minor, we can also reshape the tooth using contouring. We buff away a minuscule segment of tooth structure, which allows us to reshape damaged or misshapen teeth, or dull overly pointed teeth. We can also remove pits or grooves in the tooth’s surface. The procedure can often be performed in the same visit as dental bonding, allowing us to transform your tooth. If you have any questions or concerns about dental bonding or contouring, then contact our office today. If you have a chipped tooth, see us right away to discuss possible treatment options.
Do You Need a Tooth Repaired?
Dr. Lawson and our team can repair a chipped tooth and return your smile to full function and health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.