A cracked or chipped tooth can adversely impact your life in a variety of ways. It can compromise your oral health, causing more serious conditions that require extensive dental work down the road. It can also tarnish your smile, making you less likely to flash your pearly whites in public. Fortunately, many minor chips and cracks can be repaired with a simple, single-visit procedure called tooth bonding.
Tooth Bonding Process
Tooth bonding is performed with very little preparation to your teeth. In most cases, the tooth bonding material is applied in several thin layers. Each layer is applied and then hardened with a special light. The final layer receives a special sealant and is polished to match the surface of your tooth.
The dental composite that makes up the tooth bonding material is a combination of resin and other minerals which blend in with the appearance of your surrounding teeth. It comes in virtually any shade and enables Dumont and Oradell area cosmetic dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter to repair your teeth in a completely natural-looking way.
Tooth Bonding Uses
Tooth bonding is most commonly used to repair minor chips and cracks, but it may also be used to build up teeth which are misshapen or too small. Additionally, tooth bonding may be used to improve the appearance of teeth that do not respond to traditional tooth whitening treatments. An opaque bonding material may be applied in a brighter white to give the appearance of vibrant, white teeth.
However, tooth bonding cannot be used to protect teeth which are severely broken. In some cases, Dr. Perlmutter may recommend a tooth crown instead in order to protect a damaged tooth.
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, please contact our cosmetic dentist today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Perlmutter, proudly serving patients in Oradell, Dumont, Bergenfield, Haworth and the nearby areas of New Jersey.