Could Bonding Your Tooth Fix It?

Taking care of your smile can mean many things. Generally, it can be as simple as brushing and flossing your teeth every day, and attending regular checkups and cleanings. However, sometimes, it means taking active measures to address a problem such as a chipped, worn, cracked, or otherwise blemished tooth. At our Ankeny, IA, dental office, we can customize a cosmetic tooth bonding treatment to effectively fix and improve your tooth, as well as preserve most of its healthy, natural structure.

Using tooth-colored composite resin

Tooth bonding consists of tooth-colored composite resin – a mixture of acrylic and quartz-like particles – which is customized to match your tooth’s unique color and shade. During your treatment, we’ll place the resin over the blemished area of your tooth, then sculpt it to match the tooth’s healthy, ideal contour. Once it’s appropriately sculpted, we’ll harden and polish the resin for a strong, lifelike, and highly esthetic finish. Because the resin bonds easily to your tooth structure, there is no need to modify the tooth beyond lightly etching its enamel to facilitate the bonding process.

Situations when bonding is best

Tooth bonding isn’t just minimally invasive and esthetically pleasing; it’s also versatile enough to work for a wide variety of tooth restoration needs. For example, bonding is commonly recommended for building up a tooth that’s been lightly worn down or chipped. Bonding the area can restore the tooth without having to place a more involved restoration on it, such as a dental crown. Bonding can also be effectively used to improve the appearance of a severely discolored tooth, a noticeably large space between two teeth, and more. In most cases where bonding is appropriate, it provides a more conservative option that involves minimal alterations to your teeth.

Why we recommend tooth bonding

The ability to minimize changes to your teeth is one of the biggest reasons why we recommend tooth bonding when it’s appropriate. Compared to other cosmetic enhancements, such as porcelain veneers, bonding allows you to retain more of your natural tooth structure, which is more beneficial for your long-term oral health than sculpting significant portions of it.

Fix your tooth with cosmetic bonding

With customized tooth bonding, we can fix a variety of different issues with your tooth’s health and appearance. For more information, or to find out if cosmetic bonding can fix your tooth, schedule a consultation by calling Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA immediately at (515) 965-0230. We also proudly serve patients who live in Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.