Treatment for Aesthetics & Health
Luckily, it’s easy to fix this kind of dental damage. Your dentist has various options at his of her disposal depending on the nature of the chip and whether you’ve been able to locate and save the undamaged missing piece.
It’s very important for your dental health to book a dental appointment to evaluate and get a treatment for your chipped tooth. If dental pulp at the center of the tooth has been exposed, your tooth could become hypersensitive to temperature and pressure. The pulp could also become infected and resulting in a need for root canal treatment.
Bonding – Rejoin Missing piece
Dental cosmetic bonding is the quickest and lowest cost option to repair a chipped tooth. Bonding involves application of a composite filling material that your dentist will color and shape to match the original tooth. Little to no removal of existing tooth surface is needed.
If you have preserved the chipped-off portion of tooth and it is otherwise undamaged, your dentist can use bonding to seamlessly reattach it. Otherwise, depending on the extent of tooth loss, bonding material can be used to replace the lost portion.
Dental Veneers – Hide the Chip
The dental veneers can be used to hide smaller areas of missing tooth. This is a thin layer placed on the front of the tooth to give it a new façade. Some removal of existing tooth surface maybe necessary to fit a veneers so it is flush with the surfaces of surrounding intact teeth.
Crown – Cover Everything
The dental crown maybe the best solution if a relatively large portion of the tooth is missing. . It fully encases the visible portion of the remaining tooth above the gum line and is shaped and sized to match the original. The crown can be made of all ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. In both cases, the material will be colored to match your other teeth. Some of the existing tooth surface will be removed to allow the crown to fit over it.
Accidents happen, but there are steps you can take to substantially reduce the risk of ever experiencing a chipped tooth — for example, wear a dental bite guard while playing sports, don’t grind or clench your teeth, don’t crunch on ice chips or hard candies, and don’t use your teeth as a tool for opening things.