Front tooth injuries are very common. This is especially true for very active people like kids and athletes. But accidents can happen to anyone! It’s embarrassing to have a chipped tooth. What are your options for restoring it?
How Bad Is It?
See your dentist right away. If the fracture is deep enough, it could have damaged the sensitive nerve chamber within your tooth. In this case, you would definitely need a crown and even a root canal to save what is left of the tooth.
Your dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth to assess how far the damage has gone. He or she will also help you manage any accompanying discomfort. Next, you’ll discuss restorative options.
A dental veneer erases any shallow chips on the edge of a front tooth. Veneers are typically thin porcelain shells that fit over the entire front surface of the tooth. If the chip isn’t too big, a veneer can make your tooth look normal again. However, it doesn’t provide much structural support.
As mentioned earlier, a crown may be necessary in serious cases. A full crown will help give your tooth a uniform appearance and is the best choice for restoring strength to your bite.
Dental bonding is the most common method of touching up a chipped tooth. First, the dentist applies a special filling material to the edge of the fracture to even it out. The material is light-cured and then polished. Bonding won’t give your tooth the strength that a crown will because it’s just a patch-up, but it’s quicker and less invasive than a veneer.
The next time you experience a chipped-tooth emergency, contact your dentist immediately!
Posted on behalf of:
Brentwood Dental Group
2440 S Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63144
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