A chipped tooth can be embarrassing at the least, and excruciatingly painful, at worst.
How you fix a fractured tooth will also depend on the extent of the damage. Here are a few of the most common options your dentist may offer:
Small chips in teeth can often be patched up with a little composite filling material in a procedure called bonding. The dentist molds the tooth-colored putty against your tooth to fill in the gap and then cures it with a special light.
Bonding doesn’t require much drilling, if any at all. This makes the procedure quick and anesthesia-free.
A chipped piece of enamel that can’t be repaired with bonding may call for a veneer – a thin porcelain shell that covers the entire face of the tooth.
Veneers can mask gaps, stain, and rough enamel in addition to covering up chips in teeth.
Full coverage crowns are best for teeth with large fractures. A crown keeps the entire tooth strong and intact during biting and chewing.
If your fractured tooth has already suffered some nerve damage, then it may need to be treated with a root canal before capping it.
Why You Should Repair a Chipped Tooth
Your chipped tooth may not seem like a big deal. If you don’t mind how it looks and it doesn’t hurt, why bother fixing it?
The truth is that a chipped tooth is weak and prone to breaking even more. The more damaged your tooth is, the harder it will be to fix the chip. Restoring your tooth now will help it retain its natural strength for many years.
Contact a restorative dentist near you to find out which option is best for fixing your fractured tooth enamel.
Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29708
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