When you chip a tooth or notice esthetic issues with your teeth, you may assume a restoration is your only treatment option. However, in many cases we can improve the appearance of a tooth quickly with a simple cosmetic treatment. What do you know about bonding and contouring?
Bonding And Contouring Quiz
- True or False: Both can be completed in a day.
- True or False: Bonding repairs chipped teeth.
- True or False: Contouring addresses esthetic issues.
- True or False: Repairing damaged teeth can protect teeth from decay.
- True. Both procedures can be completed in a single visit. In fact, we often offer them both in the same visit, addressing issues that require both bonding and contouring.
- True. Dental bonding involves applying a composite resin, the same material sued in dental fillings, to the teeth. The material cures under a light and the doctor molds the material during the curing process. The composite resin can be shaded to better blend with the tooth structure. We can use this option to repair chipped teeth, close gaps between teeth, or mask discoloration.
- True. The contouring process involves shaving away a minuscule amount of surface structure. The process can remove unsightly pits or grooves in the tooth surface. We can also use the procedure to blunt overly pointed teeth.
- True. When a tooth becomes damaged bacteria can bypass the protective layer of outer enamel. Soon, the tooth can develop a cavity, which will continue to spread until the decay reaches the inner pulp. The pulp is bundle of living tissue and the nerve center of your tooth. Bacteria reaching the pulp can cause a dental infection to form. An infection can lead to serious discomfort and the possibility of losing the tooth without immediate endodontic treatment. As a result, we always urge patients to have their damaged teeth repaired as soon as possible. If you have any questions about bonding and contouring, then please contact our office.