If you have stained teeth, or ones that have become damaged or misshapen, then you need repair to improve the beauty and function of your smile. In today’s blog, your Richfield, MN, dentist will explain how we offer cosmetic repair in in one visit with dental bonding and contouring, and how to keep your smile healthy and strong.
With dental bonding, we use the same material employed in our tooth-colored fillings. Composite resin is metal-free, and can be color-matched to blend with your smile. The mixture of glass and acrylic particles is safe for people of all ages, and provides durable and long-lasting repair. The procedure starts with our team administering a numbing agent. We then remove any decay from the tooth and may gently etch the surfaces. We apply the composite resin in several layers. We then sculpt and mold the tooth while the composite resin cures under a light. The final step involves thoroughly polishing the tooth for a more lifelike appearance.
We could use bonding to repair minor chips and cracks, or to even provide length for worn-down teeth. Placement has been used to mask permanent teeth stains, the kind that may not respond to traditional whitening systems, and to reshape malformed or damaged teeth. We could also help fill in gaps or black triangle spaces in between the teeth.
With contouring, we offer repair for minor issues in only one visit as well, and could do this in the same sitting as your bonding procedure. Contouring your tooth means we gently sand and buff the outer structure to correct minor esthetic issues. For example, we could remove rough patches, pits, and grooves in the outer surfaces. We also reshape malformed or overly large teeth, and dull sharp or pointed teeth too.
The Risks of a Chipped Tooth
We always urge people to see us for a chipped or cracked teeth, even if the damage appears very minor. After all, even minor damage could expose the sensitive inner tooth structure to harmful oral bacteria and enable issues like tooth decay and dental infection to develop, which means a painful toothache and sensitivity, and with time, even the risk of tooth loss. When you damage a tooth, rinse with warm water and use cloth or gauze to control bleeding. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, and use a cold compress or ice pack to control facial swelling. See us soon as possible, so we can offer treatment!
Your Richfield, MN Dentist’s Office Offers Cosmetic Dentistry
At our Richfield, MN dentist’s office, we want to help you maintain an attractive smile. To find out more about our approach to cosmetic dental care, then please call Cedar West Family Dentistry at (612) 861-7188.