Chipped teeth can cause a number of problems affecting smile aesthetics and general dental health. When it comes to treating chips and cracks, our Chicago, IL dental care center may turn to dental bonding, a minimally invasive option to address minor cosmetic imperfections.
Let’s cover the problems caused by chips and cracks below, and then discuss how dental bonding can help you have a great looking smile again.
Cosmetic Problems Caused by Chipped Teeth
In terms of the aesthetics of your smile, a chipped tooth can be quite noticeable. Just a minor chip or crack can leave you feeling self-conscious around others, even friends and loved ones you have known for many years. If your job involves lots of public interaction, the chip could negatively impact your performance.
Dental Health Issues Linked to Chipped Teeth
On the dental health side of things, a chipped tooth leaves the tooth’s overall structure compromised. This makes further fractures and outright tooth loss more likely. Root canal infections are also more likely because of the break in the enamel. If nothing else, people with chipped teeth are more likely to experience issues with tooth sensitivity.
How Dental Bonding Works
Dental bonding involves the use of a tooth-colored dental resin painted directly onto the tooth structure. This bonding material masks the tooth damage from view, and helps protect the tooth from further harm.
Dental bonding is also used to address dental stains and minor gaps and misalignments.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Bonding
Good candidates for dental bonding are people who experience very minor chips and cracks. These fractures should be predominantly cosmetic in nature, and not affect the deeper structures of a tooth. During a consultation, we can determine the ideal type of treatment for the chip or crack.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
A dentist will first clean the tooth thoroughly. The area around the crack will then get lightly scuffed up, which improves the hold of the bonding material when it is put in place. Custom matching the color of the dental resin will take place during this procedure. The dentist will then paint the resin onto the chipped/cracked tooth, working in layers to ensure the best possible hold. The bonding material is given a polish to blend in with the natural tooth structure.
The Results of Dental Bonding
Thanks to dental bonding, a chip can be completely masked from view. Patients can laugh, smile, and speak with restored confidence. Even up close, the bonding material looks totally naturally and blends in seamlessly with your smile.
How Durable Is Dental Bonding Material?
Dental bonding material is quite strong, and able to withstand normal wear and tear from biting and chewing. As will all cosmetic or restorative solutions for tooth damage, some upkeep, maintenance, and replacement may be necessary later on.
Learn More About Treating Fractured Teeth
For more information about dental bonding and how it can help you have a smile that’s healthy and beautiful, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.