What are my dental options for repairing a chipped tooth?
As a dental office in Springfield, VA, our patients often ask our dentists, What are my dental options for repairing a chipped tooth?
Teeth are tough, but they are not immune to chips, cracks and breaks. There is no reason to panic if you chip a tooth due to biting down on something hard, falling or catching a blow to the face. Many treatment options are available from our dentists based on the severity of the damage.
Dental Filling or Bonding
If just a small piece of enamel has chipped off, a dentist may repair your tooth with a filling. If the damage was done to a front tooth, he or she may use a simple procedure called dental bonding to repair it. When a tooth is bonded, it is etched with a special liquid then covered with a tooth-covered bonding material made of composite resin. An ultraviolet light hardens the material, and the result is a natural appearance and durable solution.
Dental Cap or Crown
If the chip is larger, the dentist may file or grind away a portion of the remaining tooth and protect it with a tooth-shaped cap called a crown. Crowns may be made of resin, ceramic, metal or porcelain fused to metal, ranging in appearance and strength.
Dental implants may be used to support a crown if the damaged tooth mus be removed. During this procedure, a small titanium post is securely inserted into the jawbone. Another post is attached to provide support for the crown, which can last a lifetime with proper care.
Made of a thin sliver of resin or porcelain, dental veneers are adhered to the front of a chipped tooth with a special cement. Natural-looking and comfortable, veneers are a great solution for chipped teeth because they are applied directly to your own healthy tooth.