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!
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.
Do You Have a Chipped Tooth?
Our team can offer solutions to damaged teeth, often in a single visit. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.