A chipped tooth can result from biting on something hard, like ice or hard candy, from falling, or from sustaining an injury to the face. Depending on the size of the chip and where it’s located, there are a variety of cosmetic treatments to fix the problem. If you have a chipped tooth, try to visit your dentist as soon as possible to avoid having the tooth become further damaged or infected. Here are three of your best options for repairing a chipped tooth:
1. If the chip is small, a dental filling can be adequate for incisors or molars, and a dental bond may be appropriate for your front teeth. Both treatments are ideal for small repairs of the enamel. Often, a bonding procedure doesn’t even require numbing and can be taken care of quickly and easily. The materials used in both treatments can be created to match the color of your natural teeth.
2. A veneer is a thin porcelain shell that covers the entire front of a tooth, and may be an appropriate treatment if the chip is large or deep. Veneers can be an ideal option if a bonding procedure has broken off, or if the chip is located on a front tooth, making it very visible.
3. If the chip is severe, then a more robust repair may be required. Sometimes the chip can affect the gum’s surface, which may warrant removing the tooth altogether and replacing it with an implant. Once the implant has been installed, placing a permanent crown on top will give it the shape and utility of a regular tooth, as well as mitigate the risk of infection. Even if an implant is not required, a crown or a tooth-shaped cap may be an appropriate treatment for repairing a severely chipped tooth.
For more information about your options for a chipped tooth, please contact:
Webster Cosmetic Dentistry, Ltd.
1121 Warren Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515