What happens when you chip a tooth? If you have a damaged tooth, then you need a cosmetic restoration to improve your smile’s health and appearance. With cosmetic dental bonding, we repair smiles in Omaha, NE, in just one visit! How does the procedure work? What other cosmetic issues will dental bonding address?
The Risks of Chipped Teeth
People often assume a minor chip to the tooth isn’t a big deal, and definitely not worth a visit to the dentist. However, this often isn’t true at all! Even minor damage could enable harmful bacteria to move beyond the outer layer of enamel and reach the more sensitive layers of dentin, causing the onset of tooth decay and without treatment, the risk of a serious infection. Even minor damage should be looked at by the dentist! If you damage a tooth, try to pick up any pieces you can find and bring them with you to the office. If you can’t, we can still repair the tooth. A cold compress against the side of your face could reduce swelling, while gauze or a piece of cloth may help stem bleeding.
The Dental Bonding Process
When you come to the office, we may repair the damage with dental bonding. We will clean the tooth and then etch the surface. We next prepare the composite resin, the metal-free material we employ to fix the tooth. We can actually shade the material to blend with your tooth. The material is applied in multiple layers. The dentist then shapes and sculpts the tooth as it cures under a light. Finally, the tooth will be polished for a more lifelike appearance. The entire procedure, start to finish, takes only one visit to complete.
Contouring and More
In addition to dental bonding, we may also repair a tooth with contouring. Instead of using composite resin, we actually gently buff away small sections of tooth structure. The contouring process corrects overly pointed teeth, removes any pits or grooves in the tooth structure, and helps address minor chips or issues with a tooth’s shape. If you have severe damage, then we may suggest a dental crown to restore the function and beauty of your tooth. If you have any questions about our cosmetic repair options, then contact our team today.
Pacific Hills Dental Repairs Teeth in One Visit
At Pacific Hills Dental, our team offers a single visit solution to minor damage. Talk to our team about our cosmetic treatment options. To make an appointment for yourself or for a family member, call our Omaha, NE, dental office today at (402)330-2243. We proudly treat individuals in Omaha, NE, and all of the surrounding areas, including Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, and Millard.