Chipped Tooth Cosmetic Treatments

A chipped tooth stands out quite easily, no matter how hard you try to hide it. Few issues can hinder a smile more than a tooth you have chipped or broken. Instead of living with embarrassment or shame, do something about it. Your dentist has a few methods that could help you regain your beautiful smile again.

Immediate actions

Teeth can withstand a lot of work and abuse; in fact, they are stronger than bones, enabling people to chew hard foods. This does not mean a chipped tooth is an impossible occurrence. When someone chips a tooth or multiple teeth, it is essential to see a dentist as soon as possible. A qualified dental professional has the skill and experience to take care of the tooth and fix the chip or break. The faster a person can get to the dentist, the more problems that a person can avoid. Patients who cannot get into the dentist right away but are still experiencing pain should take pain medication to relieve the discomfort.

Fillings, bonding

Cavities are among the most common teeth issues patients face when they visit the dentist. To correct the condition, the dentist will drill into the tooth and clean out the decay, followed by the injection of composite resin or amalgam. A similar process can address chipped teeth. If the chip is small, the dentist can use bonding to build up the part of the tooth the patient lost. The dentist will use a color of composite as close as possible to the color of the teeth so it can be difficult to notice.

Crown

For more severe chips, the dental staff might employ the use of a crown instead. In this procedure, the dentist may shave off part of the affected tooth and fit it with a cap that resembles the original tooth. Porcelain and metal crowns are often available. They are durable and should stand up to normal chewing and use. Crowns typically require a bigger financial commitment than fillings.

Veneer for a chipped tooth

A porcelain veneer is useful when a person has chipped a front tooth. This can be a permanent solution, so patients should not have to worry about coming back anytime soon to replace or repair it. One important thing to keep in mind about veneers is that it will take more than one appointment to complete this process. First, the dentist will take an impression of the person’s mouth. Then, a dental lab will make the veneer and send it back to the dentist. The veneer is held in place by a strong cement.

Make the call

Though you may have anxiety about visiting the dentist to fix a chipped or broken tooth, a good dentist can help you. The method the dentist uses will depend on how severe your chip is. No matter what, you can have peace of mind knowing you will soon have your smile back. Call today and make an appointment to discuss what is the right cosmetic treatment for you.

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