Dental enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, but just like anything else, even the strongest substance can be in need of repair. A tooth can chip or crack when you least expect it, even from chewing on a pen, ice cube, or piece of hard candy. It’s even more likely to happen if you are prone to tooth decay or suffer from abnormal amounts of acid or bruxism. Dental bonding is a simple cosmetic procedure using soft tooth-colored composite resin to repair a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth. It can also close gaps between teeth, or lengthen a small tooth.
Dental bonding is ideal for patients who need minor improvements and are not currently suffering from large amounts of tooth decay. Little preparation is needed prior to treatment, and anesthesia is not usually necessary. Before the procedure, it is important to choose the correct shade for the composite resin, as it cannot be whitened at a later time. During the procedure, the tooth is roughened to help the bonding material adhere properly to the tooth. The resin is then applied, shaped, and sculpted to achieve the desired look. Finally, the composite resin is smoothed and shined, giving the appearance of a natural tooth.
Following dental bonding, it is important to maintain proper care of your teeth to ensure the longevity of the procedure. It is also important to avoid hard foods and candy, as well as biting your nails, to guarantee the bonding material doesn’t chip. We also recommend avoiding beverages that cause staining such as coffee, red wine, tea, and dark cola. Teeth repaired by dental bonding can be cleaned as normal with regular brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings every six months.
If you are located in the Baldwinsville, NY area and are suffering from a chipped or cracked tooth, or just looking to make a change in your appearance and are interested in learning more about dental bonding, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to seeing you soon!