Chipped Tooth No Reason To Panic
Chipped teeth are extremely common so there is no need to panic unless the tooth is causing pain. There is usually an entertaining story that goes along with a chipped tooth which we would love to have you share! How we repair the damage depends on factors such as the size and location of the chip, which tooth is chipped and the overall oral health of the patient. Options for repairing a chip include bonding and dental veneers. For a tooth that is badly chipped or cracked a full dental crown may be needed. Visiting a dentist who has extensive cosmetic training to repair any chips in the front of your mouth is always important – you want your smile to look just as beautiful after repairing the chip as it did before the damage happened.
For smaller chips dental bonding will usually be sufficient. A tooth colored restoration material is bonded to the damaged surface and carefully sculpted to look just like your original tooth. The technique has some advantages but it is also subject to staining and may not last as long as a dental veneer.
Dental veneers are thin pieces of ceramic material that are created in a dental lab. They are matched to your tooth color and provide a very lifelike appearance. The dental veneers are bonded to your natural teeth and allow for the correction of chipped, discolored or misshapen teeth. A dental crown may be needed if the damage to the tooth is too severe to be corrected with the other alternatives. As an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry I will make sure that the appropriate restoration technique is used and that you will love the outcome.
If you have chipped a tooth you don’t need to live with it. Please contact our Asheville, NC area office at 828-627-9282 to discuss your treatment options. Please don’t delay, small chips can easily become larger, and the damage to the tooth more extensive over time.
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