When you chip a tooth, you should see our team right away. After all, why let a minor issue become something much more threatening? To ensure a lifelike repair in as little as one visit, your Albuquerque, NM, dentist may suggest a procedure known as tooth bonding. Let’s learn how we perform a bonding procedure and repair smiles!
Our teeth are coated in tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the human body. However, this doesn’t your tooth is immune to damage. Poor oral hygiene could allow cavities to weaken your tooth structure and increase the risk of injury. Biting down on hard pieces of food, like ice or popcorn kernels, or chewing objects like pens or pencils, could eventually weaken and crack or chip a tooth too. Athletic injuries or accidents may also lead to damage. Unless treated, even minor damage could expose the sensitive inner structure to harmful bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay, infection, and eventually, the loss of the tooth in question.
We can employ this procedure to help repair minor damage, such as cracks or chips, or to lengthen worn-down teeth, which can happen as a result of teeth grinding. We also mask permanent teeth stains, the kind that may form beneath the surface and not respond to most teeth whitening options. Treatment also closes gaps between the teeth and addresses issues with the shape of the tooth as well. If you have cavities, then the same material can be used to offer a lifelike repair in just one sitting. Basically, this option offers the ability to completely transform one or more of your teeth without needing multiple visits.
Dental bonding involves the use of composite resin, a metal-free blend of glass and acrylic compounds, to repair minor damage in a single sitting. We start by removing decay from the tooth and then thoroughly cleaning the outer portions. We next prepare the composite resin, which we can shade to match the color of the surrounding teeth. We apply the material in several different layers, then sculpt the tooth as we cure the composite resin with a special light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. The entire process only takes one visit, and we can often contour a tooth as well, sanding and buffing the outer structure to remove minor imperfections along the way. If you have any questions about the process or about any of our other cosmetic treatment options, then please contact our team today to learn more.
With our treatments and cosmetic procedures, we can return your smile to full function and beauty. For more information on our cosmetic procedures, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at (505) 596-4479.
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