When a tooth becomes damaged, the risks of cavities and other complications increase. To restore the tooth to optimal heath, function, and beauty, we may recommend a unique cosmetic treatment option. Find out how your Mansfield, TX, dentists repair chipped and cracked teeth in a single visit with cosmetic dental bonding.
Repairing Your Smile
If you chip a tooth, you should always see your dentist for treatment. Did you know that even minor damage could compromise the outer enamel, allowing harmful bacteria to reach the inner layers of dentin? Sensitive and porous, dentin is vulnerable to decay so a cavity may form. As the discomfort grows over time, so does the risk of the cavity becoming an infection. In addition, if you sustain an injury but no damage is visible, consider a checkup as dental fractures may be invisible to the naked eye. Don’t let a minor issue become something more serious, something that could threaten the health, beauty, and function of one or more of your teeth.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
If you have a damaged tooth, we will begin by removing any decay and then etching the damaged surfaces of the tooth. We prepare the bonding material, which is a blend of glass and acrylic compounds. A metal-free material, we can also shade composite resin to match the color of your teeth. We apply the material in several layers and then shape the area as the material cures. The etched portions help the material stay in place until properly cured and molded. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more attractive finish. In addition to repairing chipped or cracked teeth, we can lengthen worn down teeth, close gaps between teeth, mask permanent teeth stains, and reshape malformed teeth as well, all in a single visit!
Protecting Your Smile
What steps can you take to avoid damage? First, consider wearing a mouthguard if you play sports, as this could limit the risks of teeth becoming chipped or knocked-out. Also, try to avoid chewing on ice or objects such as pens or pencils. Taking proper care of your smile also helps your teeth stay strong, which involves brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing every night before going to sleep. Make time to see us every six months, so we can watch for signs of trouble and offer treatment before they progress. A cleaning will remove plaque and help you enjoy a healthy and bright smile. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today!
Do You Have Damaged Teeth?
We can repair cracks and chips in one visit with cosmetic bonding. To learn more about our cosmetic treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.