Are you unhappy with your smile, but you’ve put off seeing your dentist because you think improving your teeth is either unaffordable, or will take too long to see results? Did you know that cosmetic tooth bonding can be a quick way to resolve many issues, such as chipped, stained or disproportionally small teeth? Through the use of tooth-colored composite plastic material, we are able to create uniformity in your smile without the use of expensive porcelain crowns or veneers. In as little as one visit, you could like your smile again.
What issues can composite tooth bonding address?
Composite tooth bonding can be used to fill a cavity, or sculpted to improve the shape of a jagged, chipped or broken teeth. In many cases it can even be used to fill gaps between the teeth, or to cover permanent stains.
This cosmetic dental procedure is safe for children and teens, as well as adults, so it may be a great temporary solution to a chipped tooth if the patient’s teeth are still deciduous, or what are commonly referred to as “baby teeth.”
Understand how a chipped tooth is treated
A number of factors can cause a tooth to chip. For example, eating something too hard or suffering with dental trauma can lead to a broken tooth. Regardless of the cause, though, a dentist can typically repair the tooth.
How is a chipped tooth corrected with cosmetic tooth bonding?
- Cracks. When a tooth cracks, it occurs in one of two varying degrees: minor and severe. With a minor crack, the tooth is affected mostly on the biting surface. While these cracks don’t pose an immediate threat, leaving it untreated can cause it to worsen. To prevent the tooth from worsening, your dentist typically places a crown. However, if the crack is rather small, a simple filling should suffice.
A severe crack is one that travels from the chewing surface to the root. Yet, unlike with a chipped tooth the pieces stay in tact. Should this occur, the dentist performs a root canal procedure followed by crown placement.
- Severe break. As aforementioned, cracked teeth remain rooted in place—a chipped tooth does not. When a tooth is chipped, the area typically bleeds and the patients feels quite a bit of pain since the nerves have been affected. Just like with cracked teeth, though, the dentist performs a root canal procedure and completes it with a crown.
- Decay-induced break. For patients who have untreated tooth decay, your tooth is prone to enduring decay-induced breakage. This occurs when tooth decay has compromised the structure of the tooth far too much. Then, the slightest of activities, such as, eating causes the tooth to chip. Oftentimes, when that happens, the tooth is damaged and decayed beyond repair. The dentist may choose to extract the tooth and find an appropriate tooth replacement option instead.
Repairing Your Smile
If you chip your tooth, rinse your mouth with salt water and take an over-the-counter pain reliever to address any aches. Contact Dr. Fondriest immediately to schedule an appointment. Dr. Fondriest offers several options for quality dental repair, including:
Cosmetic Bonding: Dr. Fondriest applies thin layers of a special composite resin material to the damaged tooth. The tooth colored bonding material is blended with your natural teeth. Cosmetic tooth bonding allows Dr. Fondriest to repair damaged teeth and erase unsightly permanent stains. Dr. Fondriest can also reshape malformed teeth, as well.
Am I a Candidate for Cosmetic Tooth Bonding?
- During consultation we will address both your cosmetic concerns and the underlying causes for those problems. If your overall oral health is good, and we think that bonding can create lasting results for you, we may be able to complete the treatment in a single visit, and often without the use of anesthesia.
- Smokers and heavy coffee drinkers are not great candidates for bonding, as the material used in bonding is not as stain-resistant as the porcelain used for crowns and dental implants.
- Patients with bite issues may also be better suited for other cosmetic treatments, as the bonded teeth will be more prone to chip than the porcelain alternatives.
Learn more about what cosmetic tooth bonding can do for you
Are you struggling to hide your dental imperfections such as a discolored tooth? Find a cosmetic dentist that does dental bonding all of the time. Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is a former adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at 847-234-0517.