If you chip a tooth, then lack of treatment could mean tooth decay, infection, and discomfort. In order to prevent complications, we offer a single visit cosmetic treatment option for our Olathe, KS, patients. How does tooth bonding fix a tooth in one visit, and when should our patients talk to us about this unique cosmetic treatment option?
What Do I Do if I Chip a Tooth?
If you chip a tooth, then let us know right away. Try to pick up any pieces of the tooth you can, but if this proves impossible don’t worry, we can still repair the tooth. In route to the office, consider placing a cold compress or washcloth against the side of the face to reduce swelling. Cloth or gauze can helps stem bleeding as well. Remember, even minor damage could increase the risk of decay and infection, so don’t ignore your damaged tooth, let us know as soon as possible.
The Tooth Bonding Treatment
Often, we repair the damage in a single visit with cosmetic bonding. We begin by cleaning the tooth and removing any decay or debris. We then prep the composite resin used in the procedure. The metal-free material is a mixture of acrylic and glass, which can be shaded to match your smile. We apply the composite resin in several layers, the dentist then sculpts the tooth as we cure the material under a light. We complete the treatment by polishing your tooth, improving the esthetic qualities in the process. Along with treating minor chips and cracks, treatment can lengthen worn down teeth, close gaps between teeth, and even mask permanent teeth stains, the kind that may not otherwise respond to teeth whitening. The entire procedure only takes one visit to complete!
Protecting Your Smile
Following treatment, we suggest taking steps to protect your smile. For example, be sure to wear a mouthguard when you play sports. The mouthguard reduces the risk of cracked, chipped, or knocked-out teeth. Don’t ignore toothaches and tooth sensitivity, as these could point to decay or infection. Finally, be sure you see us every six months so we can examine your smile and identify any trouble in the earliest stages. If you have any questions about dental bonding, or about protecting your teeth, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have a Damaged Tooth?
We want to help our patients enjoy strong and beautiful smiles, which is why we offer lifelike repair options. For more information on dental bonding and other cosmetic treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Gardner, Spring Hill, and all surrounding communities.