Chipping a tooth is an extremely common occurrence, and can happen to any of us. Accidents, falls, facial impacts during contact sports, and trying to open bottles or packages with one’s teeth are just some of the more frequent causes of chipped teeth. When a tooth is chipped, particularly in the front areas of the mouth, it can significantly affect the appearance of your smile. The good news is there are a number of exceptional treatment options that can address chips and breaks with results that both look and feel natural.
One of the best ways to fix a chipped tooth is with a porcelain dental veneer. Porcelain veneers are designed to cover the chip and restore the original structure of the tooth. They are custom-made to provide the best possible fit and appearance. A veneer fits over only the front part of the tooth, and is affixed with a very strong dental cement that allows it to last decades with the proper care.
Another way to fix a chipped tooth is a treatment called composite bonding. This option utilizes a strong resin material that is meticulously applied to the affected tooth, then sculpted for the most natural-looking results. Composite bonding can often provide an effective option for patients who are looking for alternatives to porcelain veneers; however, the results of composite bonding typically do not last as long.
Ultimately, the best procedure for a chipped tooth will be based on how bad the damage is, in addition to your goals for treatment. Chips that are particularly severe and those that have exposed a great deal of decay may require a full porcelain dental crown to restore both the health and appearance of the tooth. A crown covers the entire tooth, and is customized to look and function identically to the original tooth.
If you have a chipped tooth, our top cosmetic dentists can help! Contact us today for more information on treatment options, or to schedule an appointment.