When a tooth is chipped, even minor damage could increase the risk of a cavity or even an infected tooth. To offer a cosmetic repair in only one sitting, your Astoria, NY, dentist may suggest treatment with bonding and contouring. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about the benefits of same-day repair with dental bonding and contouring.
The Causes and Risks of a Chipped Tooth
The enamel coating your teeth is very strong, but accidents still happen. You could chip or crack a tooth when playing sports or even by biting down on something hard. Even minor damage then exposes the inner layers of dentin to bacteria, a complication linked to tooth decay and over time, dental infection. When you break or chip a tooth, let us know right away. If you sustain an injury and no damage is visible, consider a checkup regardless since fractures could be invisible to the naked eye. You may find we can repair the damage in one sitting with cosmetic dental bonding.
Treatment with Bonding and Contouring
The bonding procedure involves our team applying a metal-free composite resin to the teeth. This mixture of glass and acrylic particles can be color-matched to blend with your smile. We first administer a numbing agent before removing any decay. Next, we apply the composite resin in several layers. We shape the material and sculpt the tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more attractive appearance. The entire process only talks one visit!
With contouring, we address more minor esthetic issues, often in the same sitting! Instead of adding material to a tooth, we gently sand and buff away small portions of outer structure to reshape it and correct esthetic issues.
Other Esthetic Benefits
Bonding not only allows us to repair minor chips and cracks, but also provide length to worn down teeth. We can also close gaps between them, including black triangle spaces. The procedure has been helpful in masking permanent teeth stains as well, the kind that don’t respond to most whitening treatments. With contouring, in addition to removing minor chips, we can reshape overly large teeth, dull sharp, pointed, or jagged portions, and remove pits, grooves, and rough patches in the surfaces of your smile. In as little as one visit, smile transformation is possible!
If you have any questions about how we improve your smile with cosmetic dental treatments, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Treatment?
One-visit repair is possible when we fix smiles using dental bonding and contouring. To learn more about how we repair and restore smiles same-day, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.