Do you have a chipped tooth? The chipping or cracking of a tooth can cause a permanent change to the way you look when you smile. Dental injuries can be so frustrating because teeth fail to heal from harm, and because that harm can have such a big impact on your overall appearance. What you should know is that your injury does not have to doom your smile. We can provide a natural-looking cosmetic treatment that leaves your chipped or cracked tooth in great shape. The type of care recommended can vary based on how badly damaged your tooth is. In situations where a chip or crack hurts how comfortable you are putting pressure on a tooth, or leaves you at a heightened risk for further damage, a porcelain crown may be the ideal approach.
Determining the effect of a chip on a tooth’s health
Your dentist will need to see how much of an effect a physical injury has on a tooth. Because our teeth are required to withstand considerable pressures when we bite and chew, it is important to confirm an injured tooth is stable enough to be treated with cosmetic care, instead of a dental crown. If it is not, a crown can be placed on it. In cases where the damage is only superficial, you can hide harm with a dental bonding treatment, which can be completed without requiring a restoration from a dental lab.
Making Sure Your Smile Continues To Look Great After Work Is Completed
No matter what kind of work you receive, the results will last longer if you take effective care of your oral health after your treatment. Neglecting to keep up with good preventive care habits, or putting a restoration at risk because you have a habit of chewing on hard surfaces, can lead to problems, and the need for more work.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Bonding
Question: Does a chipped tooth pose a threat to your smile?
Answer: When you damage a tooth, then bacteria can move past the protective layer of enamel and reach the inner layers of dentin, where decay can form. Patients can then develop tooth decay and infection, and along with it, serious discomfort.
Question: How does the bonding procedure work?
Answer: We begin by removing any decay and thoroughly cleaning the tooth. We may also etch the tooth to help the material stay in place as it cures. We prepare the bonding material by shading it to blend with your tooth. We apply the composite resin in multiple layers, sculpting the tooth as the material cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more natural appearance.
Question: Will my tooth look natural?
Answer: Yes! We use the same material as we do for our tooth-colored fillings, which means the bonding can match your tooth’s color. The polishing process also helps ensure a more lifelike quality. We want you to enjoy a beautiful new tooth that blends seamlessly with your smile.
Question: Do you also offer dental contouring?
Answer: In some cases, contouring can help address issues with a tooth’s shape and surface. We gently buff the tooth to remove a small amount of outer enamel, which allows us to dull overly pointed teeth, reshape malformed or damaged teeth, and even remove pits or grooves in the tooth’s surface. If you have any questions about our cosmetic procedures, then contact our team today.
Time to deal with your chipped tooth?
If you have a chipped tooth, you have more than just your appearance to worry about. Fortunately, we can use cosmetic dentistry to repair damaged teeth. Let’s look at how cosmetic bonding can address minor damage, sometimes in a single sitting!
Our team can offer solutions to damaged teeth, often in a single visit. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling us at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.