Cosmetic dentistry offers a host of benefits, including tooth repair. If you have a chipped tooth, we may offer a cosmetic solution that takes just one visit to complete. How does tooth bonding work and when should our Newhall, CA, patients see us for a bonding procedure? What makes fixing a damaged tooth so imperative for our oral health?
Responding to Your Chipped Tooth
A chipped tooth could happen due to injury, such as a sports-related accident, or even as a result of biting down on a hard piece of food. When we chip a tooth, attention is necessary because even minor breakage could enable bacteria to reach the inner layers of dentin, which allows cavities to form and increases the risk of a dental infection. If you chip a tooth, use a piece of gauze to stem any bleeding and a cold compress against the side of the face to reduce swelling. You can also take a pain reliever. Bring any pieces of the tooth you can recover with you to the office.
The Tooth Bonding Procedure
If we decide tooth bonding is the best option for restoring your tooth, we begin by cleaning the tooth thoroughly. We then etch the tooth structure. Next, we prepare the composite resin material, shading it to match your tooth structure. We apply the material in several layers, which helps mimic the translucent appearance of tooth enamel. The dentist shapes the tooth as it cures under a light, and we complete the visit by polishing the tooth afterward. Your repairs will blend with your smile and offer a lifelike solution to minor damage. We also use tooth bonding to mask permanent teeth stains and even fill gaps between the teeth.
When Does My Smile Need Contouring?
We also have another single-visit repair option: dental contouring. With contouring, we don’t add material to the tooth. Instead, we gently buff the outer tooth structure to reshape the tooth. We remove minor chips, address any pits or grooves in the tooth’s surface, and even dull overly pointed teeth and reshape malformed parts of your smile. Again, the entire procedure only takes one visit and we may offer tooth bonding and contouring in the same sitting. Should you have more substantial damage, we also offer natural looking crowns and veneers. If you have any questions about repairing minor damage or about any of our cosmetic treatment options, then contact our team today.
Does Your Smile Need Cosmetic Repair?
Using cosmetic dentistry, we repair teeth in just one sitting and help you enjoy an attractive new smile. To learn more about our methods of repairing smiles and improving esthetics, then schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.