Chipping a tooth can be embarrassing, painful, and a little overwhelming. Will you need your tooth extracted and replaced to get the look of your smile back? While some dental trauma requires reconstructive surgery, most chipped teeth can be restored using a simple and painless treatment called dental bonding. Keep reading to learn how dental bonding can save your smile.
How Dental Bonding Works
When a person chips a tooth, the facial trauma causes a small bit of their tooth enamel to break. If the chip is affecting visible enamel on the surface of the tooth, a dentist can use a material called composite resin to replace the missing part of the tooth. Composite resin is tooth-colored and strong, which means a person’s mouth after dental bonding will look (and function) just like it did before the chipped tooth.
The Dental Bonding Process
Dental bonding is a very simple procedure. Your dentist will first clean the surface of the damaged tooth and examine the tooth to make sure further reconstruction (such as a root canal) is not needed. Next, they will apply composite resin to the tooth and use special tools to mold and sculpt the resin to perfectly blend in with the rest of the tooth surface. The resin is then hardened, usually with the help of a specialized light tool. The result is a beautiful smile in as little as one dental appointment, no surgery required!
Ready to Get Your Smile Back?
Smile Artisans offers compassionate dental care for patients with a variety of oral health needs. If you are dealing with a chipped tooth, our dentists and assistants can help you recover with cosmetic bonding or other procedures. For more information, call Smile Artisans or request an appointment online.