If you have a chipped, cracked, or discolored tooth, a cosmetic dental procedure like tooth bonding can give you the confidence to flash those pearly whites.
Tooth bonding is a procedure where your dentist applies a tooth-colored composite resin to one or more of your teeth to repair damage. It’s a cost-effective solution because it’s considerably less expensive than other cosmetic dental procedures, such as crowns and veneers.
Tooth bonding can fix a defect or imperfection within a tooth. Some people use bonding to repair a decayed, cracked, or discolored tooth. This procedure can also close small gaps in between teeth. Tooth bonding can also increase the size of a tooth. For example, maybe you have a tooth that’s shorter than the rest, and you want them all to be the same length.
Typically, tooth bonding takes between 30 to 60 minutes. Some appointments may run longer depending on the extent of the procedure.
Are there any risks of teeth bonding?
Dental bonding doesn’t have any major risks. Keep in mind that the composite resin used with this procedure isn’t as strong as your natural teeth.
It’s possible for the material to chip or separate from your real tooth. Chipping or breaking, however, doesn’t occur as often with a crown, veneer, or filling.
A bonded tooth might chip if you eat ice, chew on pens or pencils, bite your fingernails, or bite down on hard food or candy.
The resin also isn’t as stain-resistant as other dental materials. You may develop some discoloration if you smoke or drink a lot of coffee.
Enameloplasty is a very conservative procedure by reshaping of the tooth by removing small amounts of enamel. When teeth are worn flat, the corners of the tooth can be rounded to make it look younger (less worn). If the edges have tiny chips, sometimes just leveling it out can make a huge esthetic improvement. Numbing is not needed because not much tooth is removed. Enameloplasty isn’t always an option, but can have dramatic results!
By shaving excess or uneven enamel from the tooth, the treatment places the tooth back into proper alignment with other teeth that improves tooth structure and bite. The teeth alignment is important to maintain as it works with the facial muscles for proportionate appearance. If people have improper bite due to misaligned teeth, this can impact chewing of food and dietary or nutritional needs and also speech pronunciation.
The dentist will initially examine your teeth and take X-rays to see if enameloplasty procedures are appropriate as a treatment for you. If so, then your teeth are cleaned and a reshaping instrument is used to gently shave off parts of the enamel surface to reform the identified teeth for healthier condition. Once the reshaped, the teeth are smoothed and polished to their natural-looking attractive appearance. It is a painless procedure and you will be provided with medications after the treatment, in case you encounter some pain or swelling.
Are there any risks involved?
As long as it is done properly by an experienced dentist there are no negative effects doing enameloplasty or commonly known as enamel filing.
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