A chipped tooth may take you by surprise. If you grind your teeth at night, you may wake up one morning and notice that a portion of your tooth has gone missing. This experience can be somewhat surreal because you’ll have no memory of the damage.
A chipped tooth can also occur out of the blue as an accident. An untimely trip or an unseen projectile can inflict damage on your smile at any time. So if one of your teeth does end up chipped, rest assured that it can be repaired. Your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, offers a few procedures that can repair chipped teeth. She discusses each of them below.
Masking Chipped Teeth with Veneers
Veneers are a thin, tooth-colored material that attaches to the front surface of teeth. Once they are bonded in place, they can mask cosmetic problems like chipped teeth. Veneers are resistant to stains and strong, making them a durable option for repairing a chipped tooth.
If the damage to a tooth is minimal, the tooth can be smoothed out with dental contouring. To smooth the tooth, your Des Moines cosmetic dentist, Dr. Johnson, will use an instrument to scrape away a small amount of enamel and create a smooth edge on the tooth.
Dental bonding uses a composite resin, the same material used in white fillings, to reshape teeth. When repairing a chipped tooth with dental bonding, your Des Moines cosmetic dentist, Dr. Johnson, will apply the tooth-colored resin to the damaged tooth and sculpt it into the desired shape. She will then harden the material with a curing light, perfect its shape, and polish it. The resin material is very tough once it is hardened and blends seamlessly with the tooth.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines Cosmetic Dentist
Do you have a chipped tooth? Don’t let damage to your teeth hide your smile. Schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Des Moines cosmetic dentist, Dr. Johnson, today by calling 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.