When you have a damaged tooth, you may be tempted to ignore the issue. However, even minor damage could lead to serious complications. Fortunately, we have a cosmetic solution for our Gladstone, MO, patients with damaged smiles. Find out more about dental bonding and contouring!

The Risks of Damaged Teeth

How does a chipped tooth impact your oral health? The damage in the outer enamel often allows harmful bacteria to reach the inner dentin, where cavities then form. Toothaches and tooth sensitivity develop as the cavity grows and spreads, until the patient becomes more likely to develop dental infections or abscesses. For this reason, we suggest seeing us to look at any damage. Often, we can repair the tooth in just one visit with cosmetic dentistry. We want to make sure your tooth looks natural and avoids the onset of oral health complications.

Dental Bonding and Contouring

With dental bonding, we begin by removing any decay and then cleaning the tooth. We may etch the tooth surface to help the composite resin remain in place as the material cures under a light. We also use composite resin in our tooth-colored fillings, as the material can be shaded to match surrounding tooth structure. As the material cures under the light, we sculpt and shape the tooth. Next, we polish the tooth for a more natural appearance.

We may also recommend dental contouring. With contouring, we gently buff away a small amount of surface structure, which allows us to remove surface issues, such as pits or grooves. We also reshape malformed or chipped teeth and dull teeth that are pointed. Again, the entire procedure only takes one visit to complete.

If you have any questions about repairing chipped teeth, or about our cosmetic treatment options, then contact our team today.


At Bailey Dental Care, we want to make sure our patients enjoy beautiful, bright smiles. Whether you want a brighter smile or need a tooth repaired, we can help. To learn more about our cosmetic treatments, schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Gladstone, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.