Chipped teeth are a common problem that accounts for most dental injuries. The way that we fix them will depend on the size of the chip itself.
Small to Medium Sized Tooth Chips
When you get a very small chip at the edge of your teeth, especially in the front of your mouth, we can fix it by polishing your tooth and removing any rough edges we find. Another option that's available here is the use of dental bonding. This is when we apply a small amount of a combination of plastic resin and glass filler to your tooth's surface to help restore its structure.
Not only is this product strong, it also looks very natural and can be taken care of in a single visit to our office. Over time it may chip or stain though, so you should plan to eventually replace it. Another option is porcelain veneers. This replaces your tooth's entire front surface with a hard, thin covering. It's more permanent, but will also require more time.
Large Tooth Chips
When you chip off a large portion of your tooth, make sure to do your best to recover and save it for us. We may be able to use the bonding process to reattach it. This is beneficial because you'll maintain your natural tooth.
If you've broken off part of your tooth's cusp (the chewing surface) but your roots remain intact, we'll typically use an onlay to restore it. This is a type of filling that will replace part of the missing surface. At other times you'll need a full crown.
Sometimes damage goes beyond these areas to your pulp. This is where the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues are found. When this happens, you'll need a root canal before getting a crown. This allows us to remove the dead or diseased parts of your tooth, disinfect the area, then fill it before permanently closing it once again.
To determine what type of repairs you'll need, it's best for you to see us when you have a chipped tooth. Make sure you give our office a call when you notice this has happened so we can see you as soon as possible.
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