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You may have been keeping a close eye on one more of your teeth if they are decayed, chipped, cracked or discolored. You may want to fix that problem, but you don’t know what your options are for getting your smile back. In this case, it is a good idea to visit Dr. Kimberly Fee to see if a dental bond will work for you.

Aside from the cosmetic issues, if the chip or crack gets bigger, you could find yourself with an infection or a decaying tooth. Dental bonding can seal up the opening, or cover damage caused by a cavity. It can be done in a single office visit, and unless the dentist needs to remove decay, you will not need any anesthetic.

The dentist will roughen the affected area of the tooth and apply a special liquid. This will allow the resin to bond effectively with the tooth. When the tooth is prepared, the dentist will create a resin shaded to match the rest of the tooth, and mold it over the affected area. Once the resin is hardened, the dentist will finish shaping it and then polish it until it blends in with the rest of your tooth.

The resulting bond will cover the damaged area of your tooth, however, it is not as strong as your natural teeth. If you chew ice, pens or other objects, open packages with your teeth, or grind your teeth you risk damaging the bond. You bond can be stained, so you will need to be careful about what you eat. Continue to brush twice a day and floss once a day, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams.

If you live in the Prescott, Arizona, area and would like to find out if a dental bond is right for you, call 928-778-7410 to make an appointment at Kimberly W. Fee DMD.