When you think of chipped teeth, you might think of hockey players or boxers in action, not yourself munching on some ice. But chipped teeth can happen any time and don’t have to be the result of a blow to the face. Fortunately, repairing a chipped tooth is easy and quick with dental bonding.
Dental bonding involves applying a durable resin to the surface of a tooth in order to repair damage or improve appearance. It can reduce gaps between teeth, improve the color of discolored teeth, adjust uneven teeth, and, yes, fix chips and cracks. It is an easy and painless procedure that usually lasts less than an hour.
The process starts with Dr. Denise M. Walthour selecting the perfect shade of resin to match your teeth just right. Then your tooth will be prepared to receive the bonding by being slightly roughened. After the bonding is applied, it can be molded and shaped to match the original tooth in the case of a repair, or sculpted to provide a more uniform look if the tooth has any irregularities. Once the best shape is achieved, the material will be hardened with a special light and polished to match the luster of a real tooth.
Whether or not you are a hockey player, and whether you chip your tooth or just want to improve the appearance of your smile, dental bonding is a quick and helpful procedure. If you want to learn more about dental bonding or our other cosmetic dentistry procedures here at Powell Boulevard Dental, please call our Portland, OR, office today.