It can happen in an instant – and leave permanent damage: a fly ball, biting into something that is too hard…there are lots of ways that you can chip your teeth. No matter how it happens, it can leave your smile damaged, or if it is on a back tooth, more difficult to chew on. With a little help from Dr. Peter, the damage can be repaired and you can go back to showing off your pearly whites. Dr. Peter uses dental bonding to make minor repairs to teeth. Depending on how many teeth have been damaged and how extensive the damage is, he can often bond several teeth in just one visit.
Bonding is done using a material called composite resin. It is tooth-coloured so that it can be matched to your teeth. Dr. Peter applies the composite resin to the damage tooth, then shapes it and hardens it using a special light. Once it has been properly hardened, it will look and feel like your natural tooth. What can Bonding be used for? Bonding can be used to fix a variety of issues, including:
If dental bonding is the right option for you, Dr. Peter will apply a thin, clear plastic film on the teeth next to the one being treated to protect them from getting any of the composite resin on them. A mild chemical is then applied on the tooth that is being treated to make it a little rough. The roughness of the tooth will help the resin stick to the enamel. Dr. Peter will choose a shade of composite resin that will match your tooth so that the repair will not be noticeable. The resin is applied in layers and a special light called a curing light is used to harden each layer. After the last layer has been applied and hardened, the resin is shaped and polished so that the finished product looks natural and feels smooth.
Once your treatment is finished, your repaired tooth will look and feel like your natural tooth. You can brush and floss normally. During each of your subsequent dental check-ups, Dr. Peter will examine the bonding and polish it again if necessary. It is possible that over time, the bonding may wear down. If you notice that the bonding has started to wear, schedule an appointment with the office for a touch-up. More composite resin can be applied where the wear has occurred. The sooner you come in for a touch-up, the less resin will need to replaced. There is no need to cover up your smile because you have a chipped or broken tooth! You can stop avoiding foods that are painful to eat because of a broken or damaged tooth. Just one visit to our office can have you smiling and enjoying your favourite foods again!