A small chip or crack in a tooth does not automatically mean an expensive, time-consuming procedure.
There is a cosmetic procedure called “dental bonding” that might do the trick, after a consultation with your dentist.
Bonding involves filling the crack, chip or space with a tooth-colored resin material, and hardening it with a special light, which ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth to restore or improve person's smile.
Bonding is a cosmetic procedure, and is not always recommended merely for appearances, said Dr. Eric Salud, lead dentist at Complete Comfort Dental in Channahon.
“Usually it is for people who chip a front tooth, like children who are more prone to falling,” he said. “For cosmetics, for someone who doesn’t like their look, we typically do a veneer.”
Likewise, bonding is not an alternative for more extensive corrective dental treatment, like crowns or caps.
Bonding has some advantages, however, for minor problems. Unless used as a filling for a decayed tooth, anesthesia is usually not required. Also, for a single repair, one office visit may be all that is required. Special care is usually not needed; normal brushing, flossing and use of mouthwash is acceptable. It is also among the easiest and least expensive of dental procedures, although not always covered by insurance.
It also has some disadvantages. Bonded material itself can chip, and the client needs to be aware of any edges or “odd” feeling in the tooth when biting that may require another visit to the dentist to check and correct. It is typically used in areas of low bite pressure, such as front teeth. Bonding is also temporary, lasting anywhere between three to ten years depending on a person’s habits.
As always, it is best to fully discuss your options with your dentist.
Complete Comfort Dental
25445 S. Pheasant Lane, Suite I, Channahon, IL., 60410
Call (815) 828-5355, or visit www.completecomfortdental.com.