How Cosmetic Bonding Repairs Chipped Teeth

livonia dental bondingWhen you have a chipped tooth, or other cosmetic issues like permanent teeth stains, then you need more than just our teeth whitening treatment. Our team could address minor damage and mask other cosmetic imperfections with our single-visit bonding procedure. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist talks about bonding and contouring.

Treating a Damaged Tooth

When you sustain damage to your tooth, even if the chip or fracture appears minor, you need to seek treatment. The damage to the enamel could expose the dentin and allow bacteria to reach it, causing tooth decay and even infection or tooth loss with time. In the immediate aftermath, you can stem bleeding with cloth or gauze and use a cold compress against the side of the face to control facial swelling. Try to bring any recoverable pieces of the tooth with you if possible. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, and we will arrange a time to see you quickly for treatment.

Dental Bonding

With dental bonding, our team will numb the tooth and clean it thoroughly. We then etch the surface and apply the bonding material to it. Composite resin is a unique blend of metal-free materials that can bond with the tooth and be shaded to match your smile. The application takes seconds, and we will sculpt the tooth as the material cures beneath a special light. The last step is to polish the tooth for a brighter appearance. The bonding procedure could be used to also mask teeth stains, close gaps between teeth, reshape malformed teeth, and lengthen worn down structures too, all in a single visit!

Cosmetic Contouring

Our team could use contouring to improve the appearance of very minor chips, the kind that are purely cosmetic and don’t risk the onset of decay or infection. We will gently buff and sand the outer structure to reshape the teeth. In addition to addressing the appearance of minor injuries, we can use contouring to smooth out any pits, grooves, or rough patches in the outer structure. The procedure can dull sharp, pointed, or jagged portions of your teeth too. We also address overly large teeth too!

If you have any questions about how we repair teeth with cosmetic bonding and contouring in only one visit, or if you have an injured tooth that needs attention, then please reach out to our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy your best possible smile!


Our team wants to help you enjoy good oral health and a smile that looks great too. To find our more or to schedule their next appointment, give us a call at our office in Livonia, MI at (734)425-4400.