Cosmetic and restorative measures for treating this dental problem.
Chipping a front tooth is not an uncommon occurrence, and, when this happens, it has an immediate impact on a person’s smile.
Because of this, patients are perhaps more likely to visit their local dentist to have it treated, than if it were a less visible tooth.
Restoring a chipped tooth may take a number of different forms and depends on the type and severity of the damage. Below, we take a look at three of the most common methods used for restoring a chipped tooth at our Cheshunt dental surgery.
Where a chip is very minor, perhaps a small edge of the tooth, cosmetic bonding can be used to restore the shape of the tooth. This is especially useful where it has left a sharp edge, and this helps to prevent cuts to the lips and the tongue. The composite material is easily shaped to restore the natural appearance of the tooth. However, it should be said that its longevity is not as good as other methods and the composite is slightly porous and prone to discolouring over time and may need replacing.
An alternative to cosmetic bonding, and one that offers significantly better longevity, is to have a dental veneer fitted. This is especially useful where the chip, or chips, is a little larger but not to the extent that a dental crown might be needed (see below). Dental veneers are fine layers of porcelain that replace the front surface (veneer) of the tooth. These are made to match the natural colour of your teeth and should be expected to last for around ten years or more.
In addition to the longevity factor; unlike bonding, veneers are more stain resistant and will not discolour as bonding will.
If the ‘chip’ in the tooth actually turns out to be a breakage and is too large to be restored by the methods above, a dental crown may be the best solution. This will not only restore the appearance of the tooth, but strengthen it as well, reducing the risk of further damage. A crown is produced by first of all, shaping and preparing the tooth. Impressions of the tooth are then taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where the crowns are produced. Once the crown has been produced and returned to The Lodge Dental Suite, you will be recalled, and the crown attached to the tooth using a strong dental adhesive.
If you have a chipped tooth, don’t risk it becoming worse and possibly breaking. Contact our Cheshunt and Waltham Cross dentists and allow us to examine it and recommend the appropriate treatment for you.
Please call The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643388 to arrange an appointment today!