Treatments for Chipped Teeth
By on January 11, 2016
A chipped tooth is one of the most common dental injuries we see. While the enamel that covers your teeth is the hardest tissue in your body, it has limits. Biting into a piece of ice or hard candy can cause enamel to chip. Falling and hitting your mouth or suffering a sports injury to the face can result in chipped teeth, as well. At Clarksville Smiles, we are here to help patients that have suffered a chipped tooth. We offer restorative and general dentistry services to improve and maintain your oral health. To undergo treatment for chipped teeth, contact our Clarksville, TN practice today.
Treating Chipped Teeth
For immediate care, until you can get to the dentist, turn to first aid. Rinse your mouth with warm water. If there is any bleeding, apply pressure to the area with a piece of gauze.
Depending on the severity and size of the chip, there are several treatments that restore chipped teeth. For a very small chip, the dentist may elect to simply polish the tooth and smooth out the chip. Other common treatments for chipped teeth include:
- Dental Bonding - For small chips, this is the quickest, easiest method of repair. Tooth-colored composite resin is bonded onto the tooth, then shaped and polished for a natural finish. Bonding is not effective for all chips. Small chips affecting the anterior teeth may be restored with dental bonding. With proper care, bonding can last three to five years or longer. However, for a longer lasting restoration, consider a crown or veneer.
- Porcelain Veneers - Veneers are thin, custom made porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth to correct shape, color, size, or alignment. In the case of a chip, a veneer will restore the tooth’s shape, but you can opt to improve the tooth further, if you choose. To make room for the veneer, we remove a small bit of enamel, and then set the veneer in place using dental cement. Veneers are handmade, highly esthetic cosmetic fabrications. With proper care, veneers can last 10 years or longer.
- Dental Crown - For a moderate sized chip, the dentist may need to place a crown. A crown is a cap that fits over the damaged tooth, protecting it from decay or further damage. At Clarksville Smiles, we use CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology, which allows us to create and place your porcelain dental crown in one visit.
- Root Canal Therapy - For chips that extend to the core of a tooth, the dentist may perform root canal treatment in an effort to save the tooth from extraction. During this procedure, the pulp is removed from the root canals of the tooth and replaced with a rubber filling that prevents further infection. The tooth is then capped off with either a filling or a crown. In most cases, root canal therapy is completed in a single office visit.
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If you have a chipped tooth, contact our dental office to schedule an appointment with a dentist.
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