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Q: I chipped my tooth. Now what?

Posted March 19, 2014 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: Have you ever chipped a tooth? Our teeth are tough, but not immune to damage. Maybe you were playing football with some friends or bit down on a peach pit, either way, you now have a chipped tooth. Dr. Erika Peddicord explains why repairing a chipped tooth is crucial for protecting your smile. She also explains how tooth bonding offers a one-visit solution damaged teeth.

The dangers of a damaged tooth
We know a chipped tooth can be embarrassing, but how does it hurt your smile? Well, our teeth are protected from harmful bacteria by a layer of outer enamel. When a tooth becomes chipped, the sensitive inner tooth structure becomes exposed to bacteria. Soon, your tooth could develop a cavity or even a full-on infection.

Restoring chipped teeth with tooth bonding
With tooth bonding, Dr. Peddicord can repair a chipped tooth in just one visit. The tooth bonding material consists of a composite resin shaded to match surrounding teeth. Dr. Peddicord will apply several layers of the material, sculpting it so your tooth looks completely natural. In less than on visit, your chipped tooth will be returned to full function and beauty.

Information provided by Dr. Erika Peddicord, Peddicord Family Dentistry, 121 N.E. 18th St., Suite C, 963-3339.

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