Did you or your child have an accident that left a chip in one of your front teeth? Maybe you took a fall, got hit by a baseball, or even bumped in the mouth by a baby. The chip could be small, but it doesn’t take much to interfere with the way our smile looks and how we feel about ourselves. Thankfully, composite dental bonding is a wonderful, easy way to correct minor irregularities such as chips in the front teeth.
Composite bonding uses the same, tooth-colored material that is used in white fillings. Each bonded restoration is color matched to your natural tooth, so that the end results appear natural and blend in with your smile. Most bonded restorations will last quite some time, although the location and size of the chipped tooth can play a factor with how well it stays in place.
Having a tooth bonded is very easy, and usually requires no anesthesia. The remaining enamel is gently conditioned and prepped by your dentist so that the composite material will create a flush bond that withstands normal use of the tooth. After the shade of material is determined, the composite is applied to the tooth and shaped by your dentist so that it appears as if it were part of your real tooth. Once the final shape is achieved, a curing light is applied to the material which causes it to permanently harden into place. The science behind the composite material means that a permanent bond is made with the tooth, rather than a patch covering something up. The short procedure will instantly change your appearance and make your smile look healthy.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry
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