Our teeth are very strong, but they are not invulnerable. In fact, when our teeth become chipped or broken the risks of tooth decay or dental infection increase. In order to restore the function and health of a damage tooth we may recommend cosmetic bonding. What is cosmetic bonding?
Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Bonding
Question: What does this procedure do?
Answer: We may employ cosmetic bonding to repair a damaged tooth or correct minor cosmetic imperfections in a tooth. The process involves removing any decay from the tooth and etching the surface, which allows the composite resin we apply to better adhere to the surface. We apply several layers and as we cure the material, we sculpt the tooth into a pleasing shape. Finally, we polish the tooth to ensure a lifelike appearance.
Question: Who qualifies for treatment?
Answer: We recommend this option for patients who have chipped, worn down, or stained teeth. We can also use the treatment to address tooth decay or close unsightly gaps between teeth. We will carefully examine your smile before deciding if this is the best option for improving the appearance of the teeth.
Question: What should I do if I break a tooth?
Answer: If you break a tooth make every attempt to recover the lost pieces of the tooth. Then contact the doctor immediately. If you can, bring the recovered pieces with you. You may consider using gauze to control any bleeding or placing a cold compress against the side of the face to reduce swelling. See us as soon as possible so we can repair the tooth before the exposed inner structure fall victim to bacteria, which can cause cavities and possibly even infection.
Question: How long does the treatment take?
Answer: The entire treatment can be completed in a single visit. In just one sitting you can enjoy a fully restored tooth.
ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX DENTIST
We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, please contact us at (254) 776-4888. Our office welcomes patients living in Waco, Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and nearby cities.