If you have ever chipped, cracked, or broken a tooth, you probably remember the sense of panic. Will you lose the tooth? How much will it cost to replace? Thankfully, in many cases more conservative treatment is enough, so collect the pieces of your tooth, if possible, and visit our office to ask about tooth bonding.
The Dangers of a Broken Tooth
A minor chip or crack can seem like no big deal, so many people may ignore such minor damage. Some people may even ignore a bigger chip if it doesn’t interfere with their eating or speech. Unfortunately, damage gives bacteria a path through the enamel. Those bacteria cause decay, so a damaged tooth is a tooth that is vulnerable to decay and cavities. Tooth bonding can repair the tooth and protect it from further damage.
What is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is similar in principle to a dental filling. To resolve minor cosmetic issues your dentist will apply a color-matched resin to the tooth, shape it, and set it in place. In instances of damage, several layers can be used to repair the tooth and are cheaper and more conservative than options like dental crowns.
Tooth bonding can be used to treat:
- Chips, cracks, and minor damage
- Permanent discoloration (as an alternative to dental veneers)
- Dental cavities
- Spaces between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in cosmetic tooth bonding, schedule a consultation. We will be happy to discuss whether resin could be a suitable solution to your esthetic complaints. If you break a tooth, you are always welcome to schedule an emergency appointment. If you do experience a dental emergency, we recommend collecting any pieces of your broken tooth and ice your face to reduce swelling. To schedule an appointment with AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL, contact us on our website or at (847) 230-9703.