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Small chips, dental fractures and other defects to a tooth might not cause any immediate physical distress. However, they can still leave you with an unappealing smile. As time goes on the microscopic textures of the damaged tooth enamel could trap bacterial deposits encouraging a new cavity to develop.

In a situation like this, Dr. Bruce Hutchison might recommend a cosmetic bonding treatment to seal the damaged tooth. This can restore the tooth’s aesthetic appearance while also reducing your chances of suffering tooth decay in the affected area.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Bruce Hutchison will examine the tooth to assess the severity of the damage to the tooth enamel. This might also involve taking x-rays to ensure that the sensitive internal structures of the tooth have not been traumatized.

Cosmetic bonding is a relatively simple treatment where a durable dental resin is applied to the damaged area of tooth Dr. [doctor_naem] will use a shade guide to find just the right color to match the natural enamel of the damaged tooth.

Dr. Bruce Hutchison will them lightly etch the tooth enamel to provide a sufficient surface to bond the resin. Once it has been applied and shaped, Dr. Bruce Hutchison will hardened the dental resin with a special ultraviolet light.

If you are in the Centreville, Virginia, area and you have a tooth with a chip or other minor physical defect, you should call 703-830-9110 to schedule a consultation appointment at Smiles for Centreville.