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Cosmetic Repair in One Visit

March 27, 2019
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When a tooth becomes chipped, treatment helps create a natural looking solution for everything from chips and cracks to decay and infection. With custom cosmetic treatments, we offer patients in Kansas City, MO, solutions for damaged teeth in one visit. How does bonding and contouring help correct esthetic concerns?

What Happens When I Chip a Tooth?

If you chip a tooth, then don’t panic! First, if you can recover any pieces of the tooth, do so and bring them with you to the office. But don’t worry, we can still repair the tooth if this proves impossible. Using a piece of gauze or cloth, try to stem the bleeding. A cold compress against the side of the face can reduce swelling and you also may take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Try to see us as soon as possible. Even minor chips could potentially enable bacteria to reach the inner layers of dentin, where a cavity and in some cases, an infection, could develop. Treating the issue quickly is essential for safeguarding your smile’s health and beauty.

Dental Bonding

Often, we repair minor damage using dental bonding. We prepare composite resin, the same material employed in our tooth-colored fillings, by shading it to match your tooth. We then clean the tooth and apply the material in several layers. As we cure the tooth under a light, the dentist will sculpt and shape the tooth. We complete the process by polishing your tooth, which helps increase the natural appearance. The entire procedure only takes one visit. Along with treating chipped teeth, we may also mask teeth stains or even close gaps between your teeth. We’ve also used this in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments for a smile makeover, such as veneers.

Dental Contouring

Our team also uses contouring to reshape minor chips or even dull overly pointed teeth. We don’t add to the tooth, instead, we gently buff the outer structure, removing a small layer to reshape the tooth. We also smooth out any pits or grooves in your tooth as well. As with bonding, the entire procedure only takes one visit to complete. In some cases, we may offer both in the same visit. If you have a misshapen tooth, dental damage, or teeth stains that don’t respond to professional or over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, then let us know. With our cosmetic treatments, we can transform your tooth in just one visit.

Have You Broken a Tooth?

With cosmetic dentistry, our team can restore the health, function, and appearance of your smile. To learn more about cosmetic dental repair and address your esthetic concerns, schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018. Let 2019 be the year you obtain a beautiful smile!