From biting down on a hard piece of food, to sustaining a sports-related injury, there are a number of different reasons your teeth can become chipped. When the damage occurs, you should talk to your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist about your repair options. For some, we may be able to repair the teeth in a single visit using dental bonding.
Chipped Teeth and Tooth Decay
Often, a chipped tooth appears to be very minor. However, even minor damage could potentially expose the inner tooth structure, which is sensitive and typically protected by the outer enamel, to harmful bacteria. A cavity then forms, and with it comes toothaches, tooth sensitivity, and an increased risk of painful dental infection. If you end up with a damaged tooth, schedule a visit so we can examine your smile and if necessary, repair your tooth. Not only will this improve your esthetics of your smile, but we also safeguard you against painful oral health complications.
Repair In One Visit
The entire bonding procedure only takes one visit to complete. We first need to remove any decay from the tooth and thoroughly clean it. Next, we prepare the bonding material, which is a metal-free blend of glass and plastic particles, which can be shaded to match the color of your teeth. We use the same material in our tooth-colored dental fillings as well. We apply the material in several layers and sculpt them as the tooth cures under a special light. Finally, we polish the tooth, which helps ensure a more natural appearance. Along with repairing chipped teeth, we can also mask permanent teeth stains, which may not otherwise respond to teeth whitening. Our team can also reshape misshapen teeth, close gaps between teeth, lengthen worn down teeth, and address other cosmetic concerns.
We also have another single visit cosmetic option for repairing smiles. Instead of adding material to the tooth as we do with dental bonding, contouring involves removing thin layers of tooth structure by buffing and gently sanding the tooth. The contouring process helps reshape malformed or misshapen teeth, dull pointed teeth, and remove any pits or grooves in the tooth surface, all in a single visit. If you have any questions about our cosmetic repair options, then contact our team today to schedule a consultation! Let’s work together to help you enjoy a stunning new smile.
Do You Have a Chipped Tooth?
With cosmetic dentistry, we can repair smiles in a single visit. For more information on cosmetic bonding and contouring, then please schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA today at 818-347-5124. We also proudly welcome patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, and all surrounding communities.