Dental Bonding To Repair Chipped Teeth
A chipped tooth may be a minor dental imperfection, but it can have a huge impact on the appearance of the smile, especially when one of the front teeth is affected. Fortunately, fixing a chipped tooth is often simple and affordable. One of the most common solutions for chipped teeth is dental bonding.
Dental bonding repairs chipped teeth to enhance the smile and provide the tooth with added strength and protection. Individuals in the Queens, NY, Long Island, or NYC, area can learn more about the dental bonding procedure offered by Dr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every-Degel at Astoria Dental Group.
Why Fix a Chipped Tooth?
As far as dental problems go, many consider a chipped tooth to be a pretty minor inconvenience. Still, a chipped tooth is not something that should be ignored. In addition to the obvious aesthetic effects, a chipped tooth can lead to structural complications if it is not treated in a timely manner. Even superficial chips can weaken a tooth and make it susceptible to further damage, including a dental break. Chipped teeth can also result in increased tooth sensitivity, which can cause irritation or discomfort.
Dental Bonding Treatment
There are several dental treatments that may be considered when a tooth has been chipped. However, provided the damage is superficial in nature (meaning it is purely aesthetic), dental bonding is likely to be the best solution. Dental bonding is often preferred by dentists and patients because it is non-invasive, affordable, and the entire treatment can usually be completed in under an hour. Dental bonding is also a pain-free treatment, so there is no need for anesthetics.
To prepare a tooth for dental bonding treatment, it is cleaned and lightly etched so that the bonding material better adheres to the tooth. Once the tooth has been prepared, a tooth-colored dental resin is applied directly to the damaged tooth. The material is applied in layers and shaped around the tooth to conceal imperfections and repair damage caused by chips, cracks, or fractures. When the desired effects have been achieved, the tooth is exposed to a UV light that hardens the resin and completes the bonding process.
How Long Do Dental Bonding Results Last?
The resin used during dental bonding treatment is quite strong. It is made to withstand usual oral functions, such as biting and chewing. That being said, the material will wear down over time. Still, with proper care and good oral hygiene habits, patients can expect the results of dental bonding treatment to last at least three to five years, and often longer. When the dental resin eventually starts to wear down, the tooth can easily be repaired with another dental bonding procedure.
You do not have to let a chipped tooth compromise the beauty of your smile or your confidence. Dental bonding treatment can repair a chipped tooth quickly and effectively so that you feel good sharing your smile with the world. To learn more about this popular cosmetic dentistry treatment and whether it may be right for you, contact our dental practice online or call (718) 278-1123 at your earliest convenience.