Chipped a Tooth? How A Cosmetic Dentist Can Fix It
Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michaela Tozzi, offers dental bonding and contouring to her patients throughout Las Vegas, NV to correct minor cosmetic flaws, such as a chipped tooth. This dental procedure uses composite resin to restore broken, chipped, decayed, or discolored teeth. It also can be used to contour the surface and shape of the front teeth to achieve a more balanced, natural-looking look. Contact our dental office to schedule an in-person or online consultation when you have chipped tooth pain at Michaela Tozzi, DMD. We can assess your cosmetic concerns to see if dental bonding and contouring or other cosmetic dentistry procedures are right for you.
Who is the best candidate for dental bonding and contouring?
Before any treatment can begin, Dr. Tozzi will perform a full dental exam to determine if it’s right for your oral health situation. Dental bonding and contouring can correct:
• Tooth length
• Tooth shape
All of these concerns can be caused by natural wear and tear that our teeth experience over time, or from an injury or accident. Dental bonding and contouring is used for minor cosmetic flaws. If you have significant tooth damage, a smile makeover will be recommended.
How does a dentist fix a chipped tooth?
Dental bonding and contouring is usually completed in one visit at our office in Las Vegas, NV. Anesthesia isn’t necessary for this procedure, but sedation can help keep you comfortable and relaxed. Once you're ready to begin, Dr. Tozzi applies the bonding material to the teeth being treated. The resin is set with a special light before more layers are added. After many layers of composite resin are set, Dr. Tozzi can shape and smooth the filling material to make corrections to your chipped tooth.
Recovery after dental bonding and contouring
After bonding and contouring, avoid staining foods and beverages, including coffee, tea, and tobacco, for at least 48 hours. The composite resin can chip and stain, so do not bite on hard objects, such as ice, hard candy, or fingernails. Brush your teeth as soon as possible after every meal, as bonded teeth need to be cleaned just like natural teeth. Biannual cleanings at Michaela Tozzi, DMD will help to polish away stains from the composite resin on the teeth treated. Your restoration can last for many years with an efficient at-home oral hygiene routine. At your annual dental exam, Dr. Tozzi can monitor how your restoration is lasting and determine when it’s time to perform another procedure to maintain your results.
Will insurance cover chipped tooth treatment?
Since dental bonding and contouring is considered elective, it isn’t usually covered by dental insurance. Our Las Vegas, NV dental team can contact your insurance company to double-check your coverage. During your consultation with Dr. Tozzi, she will discuss an estimate of your procedure cost and payment options we accept at Michaela Tozzi, DMD.
Learn how to treat a chipped tooth
At Michaela Tozzi, DMD, we help patients throughout Las Vegas, NV to correct chipped teeth. When you’re bothered by minor cosmetic flaws, including chips or discoloration, contact our office to learn more about dental bonding and contouring. Dr. Tozzi is an experienced cosmetic dentist with extensive experience in restoring flawed teeth to achieve a natural-looking smile.