If you chip a tooth, then you may worry about the impact on your smile’s appearance. However, you should also worry about how the damage can impact your smile’s health. In order to repair a tooth, we may use a dental bonding procedure, which can often repair teeth in one visit.
What Happens When I Chip a Tooth?
When you chip a tooth, even if the damage appears minor, the sensitive inner layers of dentin can be exposed. Once bacteria reach the dentin, cavities can form and over time, so can infections or abscesses. Instead of risking infection or even tooth loss, you should make an appointment after you chip a tooth. Try to recover any pieces (but we can still fix the tooth if you can’t) and bring them with you to the office. In route, you can use a cold compress against the side of the face to reduce swelling, or a piece of cloth/gauze to stem any bleeding.
We begin by preparing the composite resin, a metal-free material that can be shaded to match the tooth. We use the same material in our tooth-colored fillings. We clean the tooth and may etch the surface. We apply the composite resin in several layers, sculpting and molding the tooth as it cures under a light. Finally, we polish the cured tooth for a more lifelike appearance. The entire visit, start-to-finish, only takes one sitting.
Other Esthetic Improvements
In addition to fixing chipped teeth, we can use dental bonding to repair misshapen teeth, close gaps between teeth, and even mask permanent teeth stains, the kind that couldn’t be removed with teeth whitening. We also sue contouring, in which we gently buff away segments of tooth structure, to address pits or grooves in the tooth or even dull overly pointed teeth in the same visit.
Do You Have a Chipped Tooth?