A chipped tooth can be very unsightly and make you self-conscious of the way your smile looks. It can also cause sensitivity, pain, or irritation to your lips, cheeks or tongue. Depending on the location and severity of your chipped tooth, there are typically 3 different treatment methods that can help correct the function and appearance of these teeth.
Tooth colored filling material called bonding is very useful for fixing small broken areas on the front teeth. The restoration is carefully matched with the surrounding enamel and shaped across the biting surface of the tooth in order to recreate the appearance of the tooth before trauma occurred.
If a fracture is extremely invasive and involves a large portion of the tooth, then a larger restoration will be needed. Dental crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth above the gumlines, correcting the function and stability of the tooth. Crowns are also necessary if fractures are so deep that they come into contact with the nerve chamber of the tooth. In this case, root canal therapy is performed and a crown is placed over the tooth to extend its lifespan and use.
When routine dental bonding is not enough, or a crown is more that what is necessary, a dental veneer may be used. Porcelain veneers function as aesthetic treatments that look and feel like normal teeth, but only cover the surface toward the front of the mouth as well as the biting edges. Most of the time veneers are used for overall cosmetic improvement, but they are also a common remedy for large fractures that do not affect the stability of the tooth.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Kurtzman
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