When a tooth becomes damaged we always urge the patient to see us right away. We believe that treating the issue quickly is the key to avoiding complications, such as decay or possibly an infection. In order to restore a tooth, we may suggest bonding and contouring. How does bonding and contouring work?
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- True or False: Bonding can fix chipped teeth.
- True or False: Contouring can address surface issues on a tooth.
- True or False: Repairing a tooth can improve oral health.
- True or False: We can also address broken teeth with crowns.
- True. We apply several layers of composite resin (the same material used in tooth-colored fillings) to the tooth. We then cure the material under a light, molding the tooth in the process. Finally, the tooth is polished for a more natural appearance. We can repair minor chips, close gaps between the teeth, and even mask permanent teeth stains.
- True. Contouring involves shaving away a miniscule amount of the tooth structure. We buff away small layers of tooth structure to remove pits or grooves in the surface. We can also blunt overly pointed teeth as well. We often perform this in the same visit as a bonding procedure, if necessary.
- True. Without repair, a damaged tooth can allow bacteria to reach the sensitive inner layers of tooth structure, allowing tooth decay to form. Eventually, untreated decay can lead to a serious infection. However, by repairing the tooth quickly, you can avoid the risk of further complications.
- True. A crown fits over the tooth, covering the entire visible portion. We can use them to address fractures, serious breakage, or to reshape a malformed tooth. Made from lifelike materials, the crown can blend with your smile.