You spend all your time making sure to take care of your teeth and ensure they’re healthy and attractive. And then, out of the blue, you chip a front tooth. Now that perfect smile you had isn’t perfect at all. Do you have to live with that?
Probably not. In most cases that chipped front tooth can be made to look like new with a process called bonding. Here’s what will happen:
If you have chipped off just a small piece of tooth enamel, your dentist may repair the damage with a filling. If the repair is to a front tooth or can be seen when you smile, your dentist will likely use a procedure called bonding, which uses a tooth-colored composite resin.
Bonding is a simple procedure that typically does not require numbing the tooth. To bond a tooth, the dentist first etches its surface with a liquid to roughen it and make the bonding material adhere to it. Next, the dentist applies an adhesive material to the tooth, followed by the bonding material. After shaping the bonding material to look like a natural tooth, the dentist uses an ultraviolet light to harden the material.
Of course not every case calls for bonding. You may need to have the tooth crowned if the damage is extensive enough. But for a simple chip, we can make it look a lot better with this simple technique and no one will know the difference.
Call us with any questions you may have or if you’ve chipped your tooth and would like to see if bonding is appropriate for you.