A chipped tooth not only affects your self-esteem or makes a negative impression on others, it can cause more damage to the tooth if not fixed. With early intervention by your dentist, this kind of repair can be an easy fix. Your dentist will have several options in fixing the chipped tooth, it will depend on the severity of the chip. Treatment of a chipped tooth is necessary not only to improve appearance, but for the health of the tooth. If the dental pulp at the center of the tooth has been exposed, your tooth could become hypersensitive to pressure and temperature. This can cause discomfort and the pulp could become infected, resulting in a need for a root canal…
Types of Treatment…
Rejoining/recreating the missing piece of the tooth is the quickest and most economical repair of a chip. This involves application of a composite filling material that your dentist can shape and color to match the original tooth. Usually this requires little to no removal of existing tooth surface.
A dental veneer can be applied to hide smaller areas of a missing tooth. This is a thin, custom-made shell that is placed on the front of the tooth to give it a new façade. Some removal of existing tooth may be necessary to fit a veneer so it is smooth and flush with the surrounding teeth.
A crown will cover everything. This may be the best option if the chip is relatively large. A crown will encase the visible portion of the remaining tooth above the gum line and is sized and shaped to match the original tooth. The crown can be made of ceramic (optimal for highly visible areas) or porcelain fused to metal crowns. For both, the material will be colored and matched to the surrounding teeth. Some of the existing tooth surface will be removed to allow the crown to fit.
How to Prevent Getting a Chipped Tooth
Although it is inevitable that an accident can happen, there are some steps you can take to reduce the likeliness of a chipped tooth: wear a custom made athletic mouthguard while playing sports, don’t clench or grind your teeth, don’t crunch on hard candies or ice chips, and don’t use your teeth to open things.
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About Tri-State Family Dentistry
Tri-State Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care possible. Being privately owned since 2009, we don’t experience the corporate pressure that other dental practices have to hit certain revenue numbers. You will never be ‘sold’ dentistry at Tri-State Family Dentistry. After we explain your treatment options, you can make your own decisions.