Tooth enamel is one of the strongest tissues in our bodies, but anyone can end up with chipped teeth. Traumatic falls blow, and crashes can all chip teeth. The dental procedure that is required depends on various factors, such as the location of the tooth, the degree of the chip, the treatment history of the tooth and the presence of infection and decay. In this article, we are going to talk about dental procedures commonly used to fix chipped teeth.
Popular Ways Chipped Teeth Are Fixed
1. Dental Bonding
If there is a minor chip in the tooth and there is no pain, dental bonding is usually the ideal option. Also known as adhesive bonding, dental bonding uses a malleable, tooth-colored composite resin which is attached to the remaining part of the tooth. This procedure essentially rebuilds the tooth to the original formation, and can also be used to address minor spacing issues and cavities.
This is a dental procedure that can be used to address chipped teeth, especially if a large portion of the tooth has broken off or if the remaining part of the tooth has extensive decay. The crown (also known as a cap), covers the entire tooth above the gum line and protects it against further damage. In addition to that, a crown also improves the appearance of the tooth.
Another effective and quick way to fix a chipped tooth is by using veneers. In recent years, veneers have grown in popularity because they can be matched to the color and shape of the patient’s teeth, plus they can be reshaped for better-looking teeth. A single veneer can be used to fix a chip on one tooth, or a patient can opt to get veneers on all of their front teeth for complete smile restoration. Most of the veneers used today are made from high-quality materials like porcelain and ceramics, and they can last up to 30 years.
4. Dental Implants
If a chip is left untreated, it can migrate well below the gum line. This could lead to damage that cannot be repaired and require the extraction of the tooth. After the tooth is extracted, a dental implant can be put in to replace the missing tooth. A dental implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone and will act like a real tooth root.
5. Root Canal
A severely chipped tooth might require a root canal. The most common symptom of this problem is pain, especially when eating something hot or cold. The root canal procedure involves removing the decayed portion of the tooth, and the damaged nerve so that the infection cannot spread any further. After the root canal procedure, the dentist may cap the tooth for additional protection and aesthetics.
6. Inlays and Onlays
If a chip is too serious for cosmetic dentistry options, a dental restoration is recommended. This is where inlays and onlays come into play. Inlays and Onlays are more like dental fillings, although they are a bit larger and can be used to restore large sections of damaged teeth.
If you think that your tooth might be chipped, broken, cracked or fractured, contact us immediately and make an appointment so you can avoid any further damage and potential infection.