Chipped Tooth Repair
Teeth are covered by the toughest and most durable material in our body, the enamel. However, even this tough structure can chip and break at times. Crunchy foods and trauma are the two biggest culprits of a broken or chipped tooth. When the damage is not too severe, dental bondings are a great choice. Our San Marcos cosmetic dentist can use dental bonding to repair the tooth. Most of these procedures can be completed in one appointment.
Dental bonding refers to the use of tooth-colored materials to “bond” onto a tooth. It can be used to fix a chipped or cracked tooth. It can be used to hide blemishes such as stains and discolorations on the tooth. And while it’s actually not porcelain that is used, it looks just like it when properly finished and polished.
Dental bonding is a very conservative treatment choice. It does not involve the removal of tooth structure any more than necessary. Saving healthy tooth structure and providing long-lasting results.
Dental bondings can yield great results. The results can also be used as a road map for further smile improvement. For example, let’s say you want your teeth to look a bit longer. However, you don’t know if you’ll like your new look. The dental bonding allows you to see the results at a fraction of the cost of veneers and cosmetic dentistry. The bonding materials also can be further customized for shade matching or whitening results, depending on the desired outcome. These procedures are typically completed in one visit with follow-up appointments for further refinement as necessary.
Another benefit of dental bondings is that they can buy you time. Let’s say you’re on vacation and you chip your tooth. Even though it is a big chunk missing and you know it probably needs a crown, you won’t be around long enough to get the treatment. Dental bonding can be used to temporarily fix the tooth ’til you get done with your vacation. Then you can see your dentist to fix the tooth properly.
Bonding advancements have made these procedures more commonplace and predictable. Contact your San Marcos cosmetic dentist if you have a chipped or cracked tooth.