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Repairing Chips and Cracks in Teeth - A Guide to Dental Bonding


Posted on 6/15/2024 by Cooley Smiles Lynwood
Woman smiling after dental bonding appointment at Cooley Smiles in Lynnwood, WAHave you noticed a chip or crack in one of your teeth? Don't worry, you're not alone. These common dental issues can affect anyone, at any age. While they may not always cause pain, they can be unsightly and affect your confidence. Fortunately, there's a simple and effective solution: dental bonding.

In this guide, we'll explore the ins and outs of dental bonding, a treatment that can restore the aesthetics and functionality of your chipped or cracked tooth. We'll discuss the procedure, its benefits, limitations, and what you can expect during your appointment.

What is Dental Bonding?


Dental bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a tooth-colored composite resin material to repair minor chips, cracks, and gaps in teeth. This composite resin is applied to the affected area and sculpted to the desired shape, then hardened using a special curing light. The result is a natural-looking restoration that blends seamlessly with your existing tooth structure.

What to Expect During Your Dental Bonding Appointment


During your appointment, your dentist will first examine your tooth and discuss your treatment options. If dental bonding is right for you, they will proceed with the following steps:
1.  Preparation: The affected area will be cleaned and slightly roughened to create a better bond for the composite resin.
2.  Application: The composite resin will be carefully applied and sculpted to the desired shape and size.
3.  Curing: A special curing light will be used to harden the resin.
4.  Polishing: The bonded area will be polished to ensure a smooth and natural-looking finish.


The entire procedure typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.

Taking Care of Your Bonded Teeth


After your dental bonding procedure, it's important to take good care of your teeth to ensure the longevity of your restoration. Here are some tips:
•  Brush and floss regularly to remove plaque and food debris.
•  Avoid biting on hard objects, such as ice or fingernails.
•  Limit your intake of staining foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, and red wine.
•  See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to monitor your bonded teeth.


Dental bonding is a versatile and effective treatment option for repairing chipped, cracked, or gapped teeth. It's a minimally invasive, affordable, and time-efficient procedure that can restore the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. If you're considering dental bonding, talk to your dentist to see if it's the right choice for you.

Get in Touch!


PHONE
(425) 569-4545

EMAIL
lynnwood@cooleysmiles.com

LOCATION
19505 76th Ave. West Suite # 100
Lynnwood, WA 98036-5045





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