Can Dentist Fix Chipped Tooth – Dentist in Spring Texas
Chipping or cracking a tooth is all too common, but it is nevertheless irritating and even painful at times. Fortunately, dentists have several means at their disposal to remedy chipped teeth, no matter how bad the problem may be. Here is a brief overview of three ways a dentist can fix your chipped tooth.
Dental bonding is exactly as it sounds like: using adhesive to fix the missing chip on the tooth. This procedure is quick, simple, and painless as it does not require any anesthetics.
Once you visit a dentist, he/she will examine the chip and take note of details such as size and shape. He/she will then proceed to file the chipped surface on your tooth – this is necessary to enable the bonding adhesive to stick, and it is painless. The next step will be shaping a composite resin that resembles a natural tooth to fit the missing natural chip. Finally, the dentist will apply the adhesive and press the replacement on. Drying is catalyzed by exposure to ultraviolet light, which takes minutes.
Dental bonding is very effective and durable. That said, it is important to take proper care of the bond. This should be done by observing dental hygiene and avoiding biting too hard on food as you chew. With proper care, the chip will stay in place for a year and will be barely noticeable.
Installing a crown may become necessary if the chip is too large to be rectified using adhesive. Crowns are also necessary if the chipped tooth is a molar tooth, or if it has been exposed for too long to the point of rotting.
Installing a crown is more complex compared to dental bonding. The dentist will begin by inspecting the chip to determine how much work is needed. In dire cases, the dentist may be required to perform a dental canal in order to create room for the crown. The dentist will then take an impression of the tooth to be replaced so as to ensure that the replacement is a perfect fit. With the model in hand, he/she will reproduce two crowns that may be made of diverse materials including ceramic, metal, or porcelain, depending on your preference. One crown will be temporary and the other permanent and it will take two visits to the dentist to complete the procedure.
The temporary crown will be installed during your first visit. It will stay in place until the root heals and is ready to hold a replacement. The permanent crown will then be installed in a manner that it never comes off – durability, of course, will depend on the quality of services and how well you take care of it. With proper care, the tooth will remain firm in place and function just like a natural tooth.
Porcelain veneers are also effective for mild cases of chipping and come with more benefits than just replacing the missing chip. In the same way, they require more work and take at least two visits to the dentist to install.
Porcelain veneers are installed on chips that only occur on the front teeth. You may choose a porcelain veneer on only the chipped tooth or all four front teeth – this comes with added advantages such as disguising gaps, making the surface and edge of your teeth even, improving your bite, and covering natural staining – all these contribute to a white, flawless smile.
The process is quite simple and has minimal discomfort. The main part involves removing the front surface of the chipped tooth or all the four front teeth. This is necessary to make the porcelain veneers stick as well as to create room for their thin sheets. The dentist will then proceed to take molds of your front teeth and create two sets of veneers. The first set will be temporary, just as is the case with the crown, and it will be applied just to protect the bare surface. The second set will be permanent and will be installed during your second visit to the dentist. It will be applied using an adhesive which will then be hardened using ultraviolet light.
Veneers are quite durable, but they also need care to last long and look their best. In particular, you need to brush your teeth at least twice daily, or else the thin sheets will eventually discolor. It is also not advisable to bite hard on your food.
Severe cases of chipping may require extensive repair, in which case it may be necessary to have a dental implant or root canal. This is only for severe cases whereby the chip is so large that it causes pain.
Vita Dental – A Solution for Tooth Chipping and Cracking
Vita Dental is the leading dental practice in Spring, Texas. We have extensive experience in a wide range of dental problems including chipping and cracking. Our dentists have mastered all the solutions outlined above, and our services will leave you with a flawless and bright smile. Visit our website to learn more and feel free to book an appointment. We are a family-friendly dental practice with a friendly touch for kids!