Your teeth are covered in enamel, a strong outer layer that protects them, but that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. A little roughhousing at home, an accident on the playing field, or biting something like hard candy or ice, and you’ve got a chipped tooth. If that happens, call us at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park.
Small chips can usually be fixed with a process called bonding. A composite resin material is applied to the tooth and shaped to match the original form. When the shape is right, we harden the composite resin with an ultraviolet light.
Sounds easy enough – and in fact, it’s a fairly straight-forward process. In most cases we don’t need to numb the area. The composite resin can be matched to the color of your existing teeth. Once we’re done, you may even forget it’s there.
There may be a jagged edge on the tooth that irritates your tongue and cheek. In that case you can cover it with a piece of sugarless gum, or even wax paraffin. That will provide enough protection until you can get into our office. In the meantime, you may get hungry. If you need to eat but find it uncomfortable, choose softer foods that don’t need much chewing (soup and scrambled eggs are good choices) and avoid biting down.
At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we have used bonding to repair many chipped teeth. People from Ada, Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our office for family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, and much more! Call us to schedule your next checkup today!
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