Is a regular check-up important?
Recently we had one of our patients come in with a chipped tooth. For us here in the office, fixing it and restoring her smile was a simple process – easy, peasy. But our patient was devastated – she had fallen and chipped her tooth and was embarrassed. She was so worried that her tooth would never look the same and that “everyone would be able to tell that she had chipped her tooth”.
We repaired the tooth using dental bonding – an application using a tooth colored plastic adhesive that matched her tooth perfectly. It was a painless process, we shaped the tooth perfectly (if I do say so myself) and her smile was back to its perfect self. But what’s next?
We reminded our patient that she did need to keep some things in mind moving forward. The bonded tooth, although it is strong, it isn’t as strong as her original tooth. Nail biting, biting hard objects like hard candy or ice or even chewing on your pen at work are not recommended (I don’t recommend those things anyway – but definitely not with a bonded tooth). She also would need to avoid eating or drinking things that might stain her teeth (coffee, tea, dark sodas, red wine) for the first 2-3 days.
Our patient left with her repaired tooth with a big smile and, best of all, none of her friends will ever know (unless she chooses to tell them!). Success! Now, how can we help you?