A Conservative Solution To Chipped Teeth

Just because you damage a tooth, doesn’t mean treatment will involve seriously invasive solutions. Often, we repair minor damage in Des Moines, IA, with a unique cosmetic treatment. With dental bonding, we can fix damage in a single sitting, offering a conservative solution to minor cracks and chips. How do we perform a bonding procedure? When will a person need one?

How Do Teeth Become Chipped?

Our teeth are strong, but that doesn’t mean they’re impervious to damage. When teeth become chipped or cracked, which can happen as a result of poor oral hygiene weakening teeth, biting down on hard foods or objects (such as pencils or pens), or injury, this exposes the more sensitive inner layers of dentin to bacteria. Over time, tooth decay may form, increasing the risk of painful toothaches and eventually, the onset of a dental infection. Treating the damage, even if it appears minor, is essential for safeguarding your oral health.

Bonding and Contouring

The bonding process involves the use of composite resin to repair minor damage. We use the same material in our tooth-colored fillings. A metal-free material, composite resin can be shaded to match the rest of the tooth structure. After we remove decay and clean the tooth, we apply the material in several layers, mimicking the translucent appearance of tooth enamel. We then shape the tooth as we cure the material under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a lifelike appearance. In one visit, we can repair minor damage.

We also have another single visit option to repair minor damage and reshape malformed or pointed teeth. Contouring involves buffing the tooth, removing a thin layer of structure to correct pits or grooves, dull pointed teeth, and reshape minor damage. Both options help protect the health of your smile while improving overall appearance!

Protecting Your Smile

To prevent further damage, consider wearing a mouthguard when playing sports. Try to avoid chewing on objects, such as pens and pencils. Be sure you brush and floss daily, which helps improve oral hygiene and keep your teeth strong. Be sure to see us every six months. During these checkups, we will monitor your smile for signs of damage or other oral health issues. We will also clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar, improving your smile’s health and beauty. If you have any questions about either our bonding of contouring procedures, then contact our team today.


If you have a chipped tooth, don’t let your oral health suffer, let us know. To learn more about cosmetic dental repair in Des Moines, IA, then please give us a call. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.