We offer a wide range of treatments to restore the health and function of a patient’s smile. In addition, we also employ cosmetic treatments to improve the beauty of a patient’s teeth and gums. If a tooth becomes chipped, we can use cosmetic treatments to address the problem. If you damage a tooth, do you need cosmetic bonding or a porcelain crown to repair the tooth?
What Happens When a Tooth is Damaged?
When you chip or break a tooth you could potentially expose the sensitive inner layers of dentin to bacteria, which allows decay and eventually an infection to form. You may also experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or a persistent toothache. In order to avoid the discomfort and potential tooth loss of a dental infection, you need to seek treatment.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment that involves applying several layers of composite resin to the tooth. The doctor then sculpts the material as it cures under a light. The tooth is then polished for a more lifelike appearance. The entire procedure takes a single visit and can address minor chips, discoloration, and gaps between the teeth.
A crown is a restoration that is placed over the visible part of the tooth. We can use them to reshape the teeth and address more serious chips or fractures. The restoration is made from lifelike porcelain, a strong material that is also stain resistant. In the past, receiving one meant one to three visits to complete the restoration. However, we can now use CEREC technology to design, fabricate, and place a lifelike restoration in a single visit. If you have any questions about bonding or crowns, then contact our office today.