In our last blog we took a look at teeth whitening, which addresses dental discoloration. But what if you damage a tooth? For chipped teeth in Olathe, KS, we may have a cosmetic solution with dental bonding. Using dental bonding, our team can often repair a tooth in a single visit, restoring the health, beauty, and function of your smile in one sitting!
The Dangers of a Chipped or Cracked Tooth
What happens when we damage a tooth? The outer layer of tooth enamel protects our teeth from harmful bacteria and decay. However, when we chip or crack a tooth then bacteria bypass the outer enamel and reach the more sensitive layer of inner tooth structure, allowing cavities and in some cases, infections, to arise. If you damage a tooth and the injury seems minor, you should still see your dentist as soon as possible to discuss treatment options. Don’t put your smile at risk by ignoring chips or fractures, talk to our team about possible repair options.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
The bonding procedure allows our team to repair the tooth in a single visit. We begin by thoroughly cleaning the tooth. We next prepare the composite resin we use in the procedure. Metal-free, the material can actually be shaded to blend with your tooth. After we apply the composite resin in several layers, the dentist begins to sculpt and mold the tooth as the material cures under a light. Once complete, we then polish the tooth for a more esthetically-pleasing appearance. In addition to fixing chipped teeth, we’ve used bonding to address gaps between the teeth, reshape malformed teeth, or mask permanent teeth stains, the kind that otherwise wouldn’t respond to teeth whitening.
We have another treatment option to address the shape of your teeth: dental contouring. Again, the procedure repairs the teeth in a single visit. Instead of applying a special material to the tooth, we actually buff away surface structure, which enables our team to remove pits and grooves in the teeth and dull overly-pointed teeth. We also reshape minor damage or malformed teeth as well. In some cases, we may perform both procedures in the same visit. If you have any questions about repairing teeth, or if you chip a tooth, then contact our team today. Let us help you return your smile to optimal function, health, and appearance.
Do You Have a Damaged Tooth?
Don’t let a chipped tooth impact your oral health, talk to our team about possible cosmetic solutions. To schedule a consultation and discuss our cosmetic treatment options, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, and all surrounding communities.