4 Ways That You Can Repair That Chipped Tooth

Posted by: Spectrum Dental, on November 1, 2013

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If you’ve ever chipped a tooth, you know how horrible it can be to get that sinking feeling in your stomach when the chip occurs.  Luckily, there are several ways to restore your smile and help your tooth look great again.  Treatment will vary depending on the location of the chipped tooth and the severity of the chip or fracture, but you can rest assured that you’ll be happy with the result.

Common Treatments for a Chipped Tooth:

Bonding

The best part about this procedure is that it can often be completed without any numbing of the tooth.  Initially, the chip is repaired with a natural-looking resin that matches the rest of your smile.  After the resin has been properly shaped and adhered to the tooth, the bonding takes place with an ultraviolet light.  It’s simple and effective.

Porcelain Veneer

Veneers have gained popularity in recent years as an elective way to get a “Hollywood” smile.  The technology is amazing and the results get rave reviews.  Porcelain veneers are also used, however, as a great way to repair chipped teeth.  The process requires two visits to the dental office with roughly a 1-2 week waiting period in between.  On the first visit, the dentist takes an impression of your tooth.  Next, a dental lab uses the impression to create a veneer which will be permanently attached to your tooth upon your following office visit.  The two-step process ensures the results are amazing.

Crown

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is permanently secured over the top of your remaining/damaged tooth.  The crown can be metal, ceramic, resin, or porcelain.   As with the veneers, crowns are typically a two-visit procedure.  However, this treatment is only pursued when the bulk of the tooth has been structurally affected by either a break or decay.

Root Canal

A severe break in a tooth which exposes the root or the center of a tooth will likely require a root canal.  This treatment involves preserving as much of the tooth as possible, cleaning the root canal, and sealing the tooth with (most commonly) a crown.

We know how hard it can be to experience the discomfort that comes with a chipped tooth.  A few great tips to consider while awaiting your trip to the dentist include:

  1. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever
  2. Only eating soft foods in order to avoid chewing or biting down on the damaged tooth
  3. Covering the broken edge of the tooth with wax in order to increase your comfort until you receive treatment.

Chipping a tooth can be a pretty frustrating experience.  Rest assured, there are several ways that we can restore that tooth to look natural and beautiful. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy smile.

Categories: Chipped Tooth, Dental Bonding, Root Canal