How to Fix a Chipped Tooth
Even the smallest chip in a tooth can have a noticeable effect on the appearance of your smile. These very common dental conditions can result from traumatic impact, falls, or trying to open a bottle or a package with your teeth. Thankfully, Dr. Dean Lodding and our experienced team of dentists offer numerous treatments that can address chipped teeth and renew the look of your smile with natural-looking results.
A chipped tooth can often cause a noticeable, asymmetrical gap in your smile. One of the best treatment options available to correct this concern is the porcelain veneer. Custom-designed to mask common dental imperfections such as chips, gaps, and severe discoloration, porcelain veneers are placed over the front part of the affected tooth and can effectively restore both appearance and structure. They are meticulously crafted to provide a comfortable and natural fit. Porcelain veneers are affixed to the teeth with a durable dental cement. With good oral hygiene routines and routine visits to the dentist for check-ups and cleanings, porcelain veneers can last years into the future—even decades in many cases.
Cosmetic dental bonding offers another effective fix for a chipped tooth. This option involves the careful placement of a tooth-colored dental resin on the affected tooth. The material is precisely molded, sculpted, and hardened to restore the appearance of the tooth. Cosmetic bonding is a tried-and-true method for restoring teeth affected by chips and other concerns. Although the results do not typically last as long as porcelain veneers, the outcome can often be maintained for years with the proper care.
In cases where the chip is more extensive and severe, the most ideal treatment may be a porcelain dental crown. Excessive aesthetic and structural damage can sometimes require a crown to reinforce the tooth, protecting it from further deterioration while simultaneously enhancing its appearance. Porcelain crowns are custom-designed restorations that fit over the entire tooth, rather than just the most visible part, allowing for a comprehensive solution that can renew both form and function.
If you would like more information on how you can fix a chipped tooth, or if you would like to schedule a consultation here at Smile for Life Dental, please contact us today!