Q&A: Repairing Smiles in Just One Visit


Our teeth are tough. The outer layer of enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, protecting our teeth from an onslaught of harmful bacteria. However, this doesn’t mean our smiles aren’t vulnerable to chips, breaks, or even permanent discoloration. Fortunately, your Park Ridge cosmetic dentist offers a single-visit solution to damaged smiles with teeth bonding.

Common Questions About Teeth Bonding

Question: Why should I repair a chipped tooth?

Answer: When a tooth becomes damaged, bacteria can bypass the protective layer of enamel and reach the sensitive inner layers of dentin. Soon, a cavity can form. Without treatment, the cavity will continue to spread, until the tooth becomes infected and requires a root canal or possibly even extraction.

Question: How does teeth bonding work?

Answer: First, your Park Ridge cosmetic dentist will apply a solution to roughen the surface of the tooth. This allows the bonding material to better adhere to the tooth. Next, the composite resin will be placed onto the tooth in several layers. As the material cures, your dentist will sculpt and mold the tooth. Dr. Thanasi or Maria Loukas can address any further questions or concerns about the bonding process.

Question: What smile imperfections can teeth bonding address?

Answer: Teeth bonding may be recommended to repair a broken or chipped tooth, close gaps between teeth, mask the appearance of permanent teeth stains, and fill cavities.

Question: What’s the difference between bonding and contouring?

Answer: Bonding involves the application of a composite resin to repair or reshape the tooth. Contouring involves the removal of minuscule portions of the tooth to correct cosmetic imperfections, such as surface pits, overlapping teeth, jagged edges, or points.

Learn More About Teeth Bonding

Do you have a chipped or discolored tooth? Then schedule a consultation with your Park Ridge cosmetic dentist today. We can help repair and restore your smile with innovative teeth bonding. Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas are highly-skilled restorative and cosmetic dentists serving the Park Ridge and surrounding Chicago communities. To schedule an appointment, call Loukas General Dentistry today at (847) 696-1919.

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