You can chip your tooth in a number of different ways, from a sports accident to just biting down on something hard, like a peach pit or a piece of ice. What do you do when chip a tooth? Our team recommends seeing a dental professional to discuss your repair options right away. Otherwise, this damaged tooth can become decayed or even infected. There are several options for repairing chipped teeth.
5 Treatments for Chipped Teeth
- Dental Bonding: For minor chips we may recommend cosmetic bonding. Using a composite resin we will build up the missing structure. The same material is used for tooth-colored fillings. We apply the resin in several layers and cure the material with a special light. We sculpt the tooth and then polish it for a more lifelike appearance.
- Dental Contouring: If a tooth has a minor imperfection, such as a small chip or if the tooth is overly pointed, we can contour the tooth. This process involves buffing away a small part of the surface to remove the structure and correct the appearance of the tooth.
- Dental Crowns: A crown can be used to repair a tooth that has been broken or chipped. The crown fits over the visible part of the tooth and is made from natural looking porcelain material. The restoration is strong, durable, and blends seamlessly with the smile.
- Porcelain Veneers: For some chips we can place a thin shell of porcelain over the front of the tooth. Veneers can be used to transform the appearance of the tooth, addressing damage, discoloration, or even the appearance of minor misalignment.
- TMJ Nightguards: Often, teeth are chipped or worn down due to bruxism (teeth grinding). A nightguard prevents the teeth from touching, preventing further damage.
ABOUT YOUR URBANDALE RESTORATIVE DENTIST:
Jessica Lawson, DDS, and her caring, compassionate family dentistry professionals proudly serve patients of all ages from Urbandale, IA, as well as Johnston, Grimes, Waukee, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, you can call the Lawson Family Dentistry office today at (515) 278-4366.