Some people have scars they wear as badges of courage. A chipped tooth could be seen that way by some, too, depending on the circumstances. However, for most, it is a blemish that mars the smile. More importantly, such damage can also lead to tooth decay. Chipped tooth repair is a general dentistry treatment offered by Family Smiles Dental to keep your smile beautiful and your teeth healthy and free from decay.
A small chip may not seem like much of a problem. If the chip does not extend into the softer part of the tooth, the dentin layer, you may not feel any discomfort. A more severe chip involving this softer layer of dental tissue could leave your tooth sensitive to hot or cold foods and beverages. It also makes the tooth more susceptible to decay. Repair of the chipped area prevents further damage and restores the full, natural look of the tooth. Different options may be recommended for repairing a damaged tooth.
Repairs to Cracked or Broken Teeth
If the nerve is not involved, a damaged tooth may be repaired with dental bonding. The bonding agent acts as a strong glue to hold the broken pieces together. When a tooth is cracked and salvageable, bonding can be a solution. It may also work well when a part of the tooth is chipped or broken off and the break is clean.
When this is not possible, a composite filling material may be used to reconstruct and bond the missing or damaged part of the tooth. This also provides a total reconstruction of the tooth, making it look whole and natural. The composite material is the same color as the tooth, and when placed and polished, you cannot tell the tooth was damaged.
In some instances, the damage to the tooth is extensive, but the tooth is still salvageable. In these cases, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. Family Smiles Dental offers patients CEREC same day crowns so you will not have to wait weeks for your tooth restoration.
Chipped tooth repair may be easier than you think. Contact Family Smiles Dental to have your tooth restored. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.