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Let’s Fix That Chipped Tooth

November 13, 2019

If you have a chipped tooth, that doesn’t mean you have to hide your smile in your holiday pictures! Instead, why not to talk to your Kansas City, MO, dentist about cosmetic treatment options? With dental bonding and contouring, our team can repair teeth in one visit and help you enjoy a stunning new smile.

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The Risks of a Damaged Tooth

Do you have a chipped or cracked tooth? If so, then you should see your dentist for treatment right away. Even minor damage could compromise your protective layer of outer tooth enamel, enabling harmful bacteria to reach the inner layers of dentin. A cavity can form that unless treated, could increase the risk of pain, sensitivity, and even a serious dental infection or abscess. If you chip a tooth, rinse with warm water and use gauze or cloth to control the bleeding. Try to recover any pieces you can and bring them with you. A cold compress against the side of the face can help reduce swelling and you can also take a pain reliever. If you sustain an injury but don’t notice obvious damage, still schedule a checkup, as a fracture could be invisible to the naked eye.

Dental Bonding and Contouring

Both of these options can be performed in a single visit to repair and restore a smile’s function and beauty. With dental bonding, we apply a composite resin to the tooth in several layers. This metal-free material can be shaded to match the color of your teeth, blending with your smile. We shape the tooth as we cure the composite resin under a light. Bonding repairs minor chips and cracks, masks permanent teeth stains, closes gaps between teeth, and helps lengthen worn down teeth. With contouring, we actually sand and buff the structure to remove minor chips, erase pits and grooves, and even correct overly pointed teeth.

Preventing Injury

To help prevent future injuries, be sure you wear a mouthguard when you play sports. Our team can help by creating a custom-made one that fits comfortably and provides greater protection against fractures, breakage, or avulsed teeth. Routine visits for checkups and cleanings can also allow us to examine your smile and identify possible areas of concern early, treating them before you experience discomfort or risk losing your tooth! If you have any questions about repairing your smile, then please contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have A Chipped Or Cracked Tooth?

Our team would like to help repair your smile and offer solutions to minor and severe damage, protecting your oral health from serious complications. To learn more about our cosmetic repair options, then please schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.