Treatments for Chipped Teeth: Fixing Your Smile
By Stephen Rogers on January 01, 2018
Chips and cracks can lead to cosmetic flaws as well as serious dental health concerns. To address damage to the teeth, our Massapequa, NY office offers different restorative and cosmetic treatments to help rebuild damaged structure and improve smile aesthetics.
Let's take a moment to consider the various treatments available for chipped teeth. We'll start with treatments for minor chips and then work our way up to treatments for severe tooth damage.
For minor chips that are only cosmetic in nature, dental bonding is the most ideal treatment option. Bonding involves painting tooth-colored resin directly onto the surface of a person's teeth. This masks a chip from view and makes the tooth look pristine and unbroken. Dentists will carefully color match the shade of the bonding material to make the treatment seamless.
For more serious chips that are still predominantly cosmetic, porcelain veneers may be a more ideal option. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are used to cover the front portion of a tooth from view. With a porcelain veneer in place, aesthetic flaws are covered up and patients can smile with total confidence. Even when up close, it is hard to detect a porcelain veneer in place.
For minor chips that affect the strength or structure of a tooth, a dental filling is ideal. Fillings are a traditional treatment for cavities, but they can also be used to address other kinds of damage to the tooth structure. Fillings come in both metal and tooth-colored forms. The ideal type of filling to fix your tooth will depend on the position of the tooth in your mouth and the extent of damage.
Inlays and Onlays
For more serious chips that a dental filling cannot address, inlays and onlays tend to be most ideal. Inlays and onlays are larger restorations that help rebuild major dental damage and tooth decay. These restorations can even replace the cusps (biting surfaces) of the teeth. Like fillings, inlays and onlays come in both tooth-colored and metal variations.
When a severe chip has severely affected the structure and health of a tooth, a dental crown is the ideal option. Crowns are caps that are designed to fit over a seriously damaged tooth. The crown will protect the healthy tooth structure while restoring the ability to bite and chew. Crowns are typically ideal when no other restoration will suffice.
Root Canal Therapy
If a chip or crack results in oral bacteria reaching the pulp within the tooth, this can lead to a painful condition known as a root canal infection. To treat the infection, root canal therapy (endotontic treatment) is required. This will involve the removal of the diseased dental pulp, filling the hollow pulp chamber of the tooth, and capping the tooth with a crown.
Sometimes a chip is so severe that the only viable option for treatment is to remove the damaged tooth. When a tooth needs to be extracted, a dentist can discuss options for tooth replacement, such as a bridge or implant-supported dental crown.
Learn More About Treating Chipped Teeth
To learn more about treating chipped and damaged teeth, be sure to contact our team of cosmetic and restorative dentists. The team at Greater Long Island Dental is here to help you smile with renewed confidence and improved dental wellness.
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