If your child experiences dental trauma, it’s important to have your dentist look at it right away. Even if it doesn’t seem like a big deal, there may be underlying damage to other teeth, the jaw, or an unnoticed injury to the mouth. If your child cracks or chips a tooth, contact your Ashburn pediatric dentist, then rinse the mouth with water. If you can, bring the tooth fragment with you to your dental appointment.
Grinding your teeth is a top cause of cracking
Dr. Konz will do a thorough examination of the mouth, to rule out any other injury to the teeth. He will then clean the area to prepare it for the bonding process.
The tooth to be bonded will be etched to rough up the surface. This creates a stronger bond. Your dentist will then match the resin to your child’s tooth color to ensure a perfect match.
Your Ashburn dentist will now paint the matched resin over the cracked tooth. Great care will be taken to make sure that it’s both thorough and even. Next a special light is used to “cure” or harden the resin.
The last step is smoothing the tooth. Your dentist will use a dental tool to even out the bonding material and ensure that the tooth is smooth, polished, and perfectly matched to the others.
Tooth bonding can usually be done in one visit
While accidents happen, there are some steps you can take to help prevent dental trauma. If you notice that your child grinds their teeth at night, talk to your dentist about fitting them with a mouthguard to help prevent cracking. If your child plays contact sports, make sure that they wear a mouthguard during practices and games. Good dental hygiene and regular dental check ups also help protect the teeth by keeping the enamel strong.
The entire dental bonding procedure from start to finish typically takes no more than 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
If your child has broken off most of an adult tooth and there is too little to salvage, your dentist may recommend a dental implant. This will keep their smile beautiful, as well as prevent their other teeth from shifting into the empty space. For pediatric dental bonding treatment in Ashburn and Brambleton, contact us today.
Dental bonding can last from 4 to 8 years