Treatment Options for Chipped Tooth Repair
The best treatment option for a chipped tooth will depend on the severity of the damage. In some cases, bonding material can be used to repair the tooth. In other instances, veneers or a dental crown may be necessary.
Chipped Tooth Repair via Veneers
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of your smile by correcting problems such as spacing, missing teeth, chips or cracks, and discoloration. Veneers are also a popular choice for treating chipped or broken teeth and are also included in any emergency dental care.
When veneers are used to treat chipped or broken teeth, they can help to restore the strength and function of the damaged tooth while also improving its appearance. Veneers can be used to cover up small cosmetic imperfections, or they can be used to protect a damaged tooth from further wear and tear. In some cases, veneers may even be used to prevent a tooth from breaking in the future, lessening any dental emergencies.
A dental crown is a form of dental restoration which completely caps or covers a tooth. A crown can be needed for several reasons, including to support a filling when there is not enough tooth remaining, to protect a weak tooth from breaking, or to improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth cosmetically. In terms of treating a chipped or broken tooth,a dental crown functions to essentially restore the damaged tooth to its original form and function.
Dental crowns are made from porcelain, ceramic, metal, or composite material, and are custom-made to fit over the existing tooth. The dentist will first take an impression (or mold) of the existing tooth, and then use this impression to create the crown. The crown is then put in place over the existing tooth and cemented into place.
What are the risks associated with a chipped tooth?
The risks associated with a chipped tooth depend on the severity of the chip. A small chip may not cause any problems, but a larger chip or one that damages the enamel can expose the sensitive dentin layer beneath and lead to pain, sensitivity, and decay. In extreme cases, a chipped tooth may need to be repaired or replaced. At River District Smiles, we will do everything to give you the best dental services available. We will discuss your treatment plan if you have surgery in our emergency room. Don’t worry though because we are licensed to give anesthesia that would prompt relief from your pain!