How Does a Cosmetic Dentist Repair a Broken Tooth

Posted on: October 1, 2020

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Broken teeth can happen for many reasons, but a cosmetic dentist can easily restore it. Whether you have bitten down on hard food or received an injury, a cosmetic dentist can help. One way your tooth may be restored is through bonding. There are several other methods as well. Read on to find out more about this cosmetic procedure.

Dental bonding

If a patient has chipped off a small piece of the tooth, then bonding will restore the tooth’s appearance. A cosmetic dentist is most likely to do this if the chip is noticeable in the front. If the chip can be seen when the patient smiles, the dentist will also repair that chip. The process of bonding uses a composite resin. This resin is the same color as the teeth.

Bonding usually does not require any anesthesia. The cosmetic dentist will etch the surface of the tooth using a gel or a liquid. This will roughen the surface so the resin will stick to the tooth better. The cosmetic dentist will then apply a sticky material to the tooth.

Next, the tooth-colored resin will be applied to the tooth. This allows the cosmetic dentist to shape the resin to follow the natural shape of the tooth. Finally, ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin material. The patient will then be able to use the tooth as normal.

Dental crowns

A cosmetic dentist will use a crown to cover the entire tooth if the break is larger. The cosmetic dentist will first prepare the tooth by filing it down so the crown will fit better. Then the dentist will take impressions of the tooth so a crown can be made. The crown is a tooth-shaped cap that can improve the appearance of the tooth.

Patients may have a metal crown. However, it is more common for patients to get crowns that are the same color as the tooth. Ceramic, porcelain fused to metal and all resin are all possible choices. There are different benefits to each type of crown. A porcelain or a resin crown can look nearly identical as the original tooth did.

Dental veneers

For front teeth with damage, a cosmetic dentist can use a dental veneer. This is a sort of shell that covers the front of the tooth. Any chips in the front will be covered by the shell. Each veneer is customized to fit the tooth correctly. With the right care, patients can expect dental veneers to last for many years to come.

Visit a cosmetic dentist today

If you have a broken tooth, then it is a good idea to visit a cosmetic dentist. This will allow you to get the restorations that you need. You can choose from dental crowns, veneers, bonding and other options. Your cosmetic dentist can help you decide which option is right for you. Making an appointment will be the first step toward your new smile.

Request an appointment here: or call Lotus Family Dental: Yuki Dykes DDS at (303) 502-2744 for an appointment in our Aurora office.

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