There are plenty of ways to treat chipped teeth. Dental bonding is one of the least invasive methods. Dental bonding is a process in which a dentist paints a tooth-colored dental resin directly onto the surface of the tooth. In the process, the chip or cracked portion of the tooth is masked. This leave the tooth looking pristine and free from fractures. It will look as if your tooth was never fractured to begin with.
The team at our Corpus Christi, TX cosmetic dentistry practice would like to consider the problems linked to chipped teeth and how dental bonding can help.
Problems Linked to Chipped Teeth
Chipped teeth can cause a number of cosmetic problems as well as issues that impact your general dental wellness.
In terms of cosmetic problems, chipped teeth can leave you feeling self-conscious about the look of your smile. This can leave you feeling hesitant about laughing and smiling around others, even people you have known for may years. People in professions that involve a lot of public interaction may find their performance at work suffers due to having fractured teeth.
With regard to your dental health and wellness, a chipped or cracked tooth could mean structural problems with a tooth, leaving it weakened and more likely to break further. Chips and cracks can lead to tooth sensitivity as well, and increase the risk of a root canal infection.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Bonding
Good candidates for dental bonding are people who suffer from tooth fractures that are predominantly cosmetic in nature. Their teeth should be otherwise healthy and strong.
Patients who suffer more serious kinds of tooth fractures would be better served by other treatment options. For serious cracks that are still cosmetic in nature, porcelain veneers may be recommended. For fractures that impact the strength and health of a tooth, the best option is a dental restoration, such as a filling, an inlay, an onlay, or a crown.
Accurate Color Matching
One of the major benefits of dental bonding is how accurate the color matching can be. Dentists mix the composite resin during the patient’s visit, which allows them to carefully match the shade of the composite to the color of the patient's teeth. This customization means excellent outcomes for patients, and a sense of seamlessness from bonding material to the natural tooth.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
After cleaning the tooth to be treated, a dentist proceeds to scuff up the enamel around the chip or crack. This helps ensure the bonding material stays in place better. The composite resin is painted right onto the tooth and allowed to dry. A final polish makes the bonding material blend in with the tooth enamel.
How Durable Is the Dental Bonding Material?
The dental bonding material is quite durable, able to withstand the usual wear and tear a tooth goes through during an average day. Bite, chew, and do your thing—the dental bonding material is unlikely to flake or break. This is thanks to layer-by-layer method of painting the composite resin onto the tooth itself.
Learn More About Dental Bonding
For more information about dental bonding and how it can help you have a smile that looks great and appears pristine, be sure to contact the dentists of our cosmetic dentistry practice. We look forward to your visit and discussing these dental care matters in greater detail.