Chipping a tooth can be very distressing, not only can this cause physical pain, but it can also make you self-conscious. Fortunately, there are treatment options. Our experienced dentists will determine which option will work best for you based on the type of damage that has occurred. Read on to learn about the different ways to repair a damaged or chipped tooth below:
Dental Bonding to Repair a Chipped Tooth
Dental Bonding can be used to fix a small, cosmetic chip. In this procedure, composite material is molded over the unaffected part of the tooth to repair the damage. First, the remaining enamel is roughened up to better adhere to the composite. The composite is then shaped and set with a blue light to harden the material. Bonding can last for up to 10 years for small, superficial chips.
Veneers to Fix a Cracked Tooth
A veneer may be used when a cracked tooth results in significant damage. Veneers are porcelain covers for the front of your tooth, that provide a smooth, natural look. Typically veneers can last up to 30 years with proper care, although they may not be recommended for teeth grinders. To install a veneer, some of the tooth structure is removed to eliminate bulk. Your dentist will then take impressions that will help the lab create a natural looking veneer. You will then be fitted with a temporary veneer until your porcelain veneer is ready to be bonded onto the front of the damaged tooth.
Crowns Can Be Used to Fix a Chipped Tooth Too
Crowns are used when a tooth is significantly damaged or causes pain when drinking or chewing. Crowns are porcelain caps that cover the entire surface of the damaged tooth to improve its appearance and prevent the loss of the tooth. First, the tooth is prepared by removing some of the structures to accommodate the crown. Next, your dentist will take impressions that the lab uses to create the permanent crown. You will then be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready. The permanent crown is cemented to the remaining tooth structure.
Chipped teeth can result from many different causes which may lead to pain and emotional distress. Fortunately, there are several ways to repair the damage and restore your beautiful smile. With proper care, many of these treatment options may last several years without needing to be replaced. Let our friendly, experienced dentists and dental staff help you find the best treatment option for your damaged tooth.