Why Fix a Chipped Tooth? And How Bonding Can Help

If your chipped tooth doesn’t hurt, and it doesn’t have a dramatic impact on your smile’s appearance, does it really matter if you fix it? The short answer is, yes, it matters greatly to the immediate and long-term integrity of the tooth, and therefore, your overall oral health. The good news is that, for many patients who have a chipped tooth, fixing it can often be a simple and minimally invasive process. For example, with cosmetic tooth bonding, we may be able to repair the chip in your tooth and improve its overall appearance, all without having to sculp or modify your health, natural tooth structure.

A chip is more serious than you think

Many people can easily mistake a chipped tooth for something that isn’t of great concern. The damage isn’t too severe, and usually, there are no signs of discomfort to accompany the visible impact of the damage. However, the part of your tooth structure that’s broken, or chipped, off of it can lead to more damage throughout the rest of the tooth and make it more likely to get decay. With cosmetic tooth bonding, we can help ensure this doesn’t happen, and help build back up the tooth structure where the chip has occurred.

How does cosmetic tooth bonding work?

Cosmetic tooth bonding is a minimally invasive procedure during which we use tooth-colored composite resin to build up the tooth structure where the chip occurred. The use of composite resin and the conservative tooth bonding process can often provide an ideal way to repair your chipped tooth without needing extensive dental treatment. Bonding the tooth not only restores its whole, healthy appearance, but the resin is also durable enough to successfully restore the tooth’s ability to bite and chew your food without becoming compromised.

The advantages of bonding for restoring your smile

When it comes to restoring a damaged tooth, you often have several options. You could place a dental crown over the tooth, which would completely cap and protect all of the tooth’s visible structure. Or, you can place a veneer over the tooth after sculpting some enamel from the front of the tooth’s surface. However, if appropriate, bonding the tooth can offer a much more ideal solution by offering highly lifelike and durable results, while allowing you to preserve a maximum amount of your healthy, natural tooth.

Learn if bonding is right for your chipped tooth

You should never take a chipped tooth lightly, and with cosmetic tooth bonding, we can help you fix it comfortably and with highly lifelike results. To schedule an appointment, call Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.