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Dental Bonding for Chipped Teeth: Repairing Your Smile

Mar 2, 2018 @ 11:55 AM — by Dr. David Wyse
Tagged with: Dental Bonding Cosmetic Dentistry Chipped Tooth Cracked Tooth

When a tooth is damaged, a dentist may recommend dental bonding to fix the problem. Dental bonding involves painting a tooth-colored resin directly onto the affected portion of the tooth. When the composite resin dries, it will blend in seamlessly with the tooth, masking the crack and making the tooth appear totally pristine in the process.

The team at our Bloomington, IL dental practice would like to consider how bonding can treat cosmetic damaged to teeth and whether or not it’s the right option for your needs.

Problems Linked to Chipped Teeth

Chipped and cracked teeth can lead to cosmetic and dental health issues.

In terms of the aesthetic problems linked to fractured teeth, a chip or crack can be unsightly. This can lead you to feel self-conscious about the overall appearance of your smile, causing you to feel hesitant about speaking, smiling, and laughing, even around loved ones.
In terms of the health impact of a fractured tooth, teeth that are chipped or cracked are more likely to fracture further later on. The fracture could cause your tooth to be more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures as well. Over time, your risk of a root canal infection could be significant due to the fracture widening and getting worse.

Ideal Candidates for Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a common treatment option considered for teeth that are just a little chipped or cracked. Candidates for dental bonding should have minor fractures that are mostly cosmetic in nature.

More serious fractures affecting that are still predominantly cosmetic in nature may require a porcelain veneer rather than bonding. For any fractures that affect tooth structure and overall integrity, dentists will need to consider dental restorations, such as fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns.

Accurate Color Matching

A dentist will mix and create the bonding material at the practice. This means they have a great amount of control when it comes to creating a custom appearance for the resin. Thanks to this custom color matching, the bonding material looks very natural when it’s been used.

The Dental Bonding Procedure

First the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. The dentist will then scuff up part of the surface of the tooth being treated, which helps the bonding material stay in place better. Once the composite resin is mixed and color matched, the dentist paints it right onto the tooth. The resin is built in layers to ensure good strength and stability. The resin is polished at the end in order to blend it in with the tooth structure.

How Durable Is the Dental Bonding Material?

The dental bonding resin is very strong, all things considered. Patients can bite and chew normally without fear of the bonding material breaking or falling out.

The Results of Dental Bonding

Thanks to dental bonding, people can laugh, smile, and speak without self-consciousness. The results are excellent, and people don’t notice the difference between the composite resin and the tooth structure.

Learn More About Dental Bonding

For more information about dental bonding and how it can help you have a smile that looks healthy and restored, be sure to contact the team at Chrisman & Wyse. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in much greater detail.