A chipped tooth or one with problems on the surface can be esthetically unappealing and possibly a risk to your oral health. In order to restore a damaged tooth to full function and health, you will need cosmetic treatments, such as bonding and contouring. What is bonding and contouring?
Frequently Asked Questions About Bonding and Contouring
Question: What should you do when you chip a tooth?
Answer: First, don’t panic! Then, we suggest trying to recover any pieces of the tooth you can find. If you can’t, that’s okay, we can still repair the tooth. You may consider applying a cold compares against the side of your face to control swelling. Gauze can be used to stem any bleeding. You should see the doctor as soon as possible, as untreated damage to the tooth can increase the risk of decay.
Question: How does dental bonding work?
Answer: Dental bonding is often used to repair minor chips in a tooth. The doctor applies a composite resin to the tooth, which he molds as it cures under a light. The material can be shaded to ensure it better blends with the tooth structure. In addition to chips, this can also be used to close gaps between teeth or to mask permanent teeth stains, which may not respond to teeth whitening procedures.
Question: Will my teeth need dental contouring?
Answer: Contouring involves shaving away a minuscule amount of tooth structure. We do this to remove pits or grooves in the tooth’s surface. In addition, this can blunt an overly pointed tooth or correct a misshapen tooth. In some cases, the procedure is performed at the same visit as a dental bonding treatment.
Question: How long will each procedure take?
Answer: Both procedures can be completed in a single visit. If you have any questions about either bonding or contouring, then please contact our office today.