Chipped or broken teeth can be uncomfortable and unpleasant in appearance. They can occur simply from chewing hard foods, or due to accidental trauma. It is important to visit your dentist for an evaluation as soon as possible. Delaying this appointment may risk what was potentially a minor procedure, turning into a more significant process.
Your dentist will listen to the cause and examine the extent of the damage of the affected tooth. This evaluation will allow them to properly recommend the best option to repair. Below are the dental procedures commonly used to repair a chipped tooth:
• Enamel Shaping: A quick and effective technique that correct small chips by smoothing the surface of your tooth. Enamel shaping can also be used to correct natural misshapen or uneven teeth. This procedure can be completed in one visit.
• Dental Bonding: Bonding is ideally used to correct less severe chips. During this procedure a composite material will be molded to cover and restore the tooth. Your dentist will provide instructions to care for the bonding, they typically last the patient up to ten years.
• Dental Crowns: If you have lost a large portion of your tooth, your dentist may recommend a few appointments to complete a dental crown. These custom-made crowns serve as a protective shell, encasing the whole tooth. This procedure will not only strengthen the damaged tooth, but improve the overall appearance. It is important to have a broken tooth crowned before it becomes infected or abscessed.
• Dental Veneers: Veneers are very similar to dental crowns. These custom shells are bonded to the front surface of teeth, but they do not encase the whole tooth.
• Dental Implants: A severely broken tooth may need to be extracted and replaced. This process will require multiple visits to complete. A dental implant is a false tooth that is surgically implanted into the gum line. They are very secure and natural in appearance.
Whether your chip is small and hard to notice, or severe and unsightly, we recommend scheduling an evaluation as soon as possible. Your dentist will discuss all of your options in further detail and find the best one for you. Remember, delaying this appointment could result in further damage or progressed infection if undiagnosed and untreated. Let us help restore your beautiful smile to it’s full potential.
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