Chipping a tooth is not an uncommon phenomenon. Constant wear and tear can weaken and damage the enamel. An accident or some hard food can also chip a tooth. Regardless of the cause, there are several options to repair a chipped or broken tooth.
Porcelain veneers are a great option for repairing the front teeth. Veneers are like thin shells of porcelain that can be used to cover the front of the teeth while a thick section can fill the chipped portion of the tooth.
You can choose a single veneer to repair a chip on a single tooth or you may choose veneers for all front teeth for a total restoration. You may need only two office visits to get veneers. Porcelain veneers can –
- repair chipped teeth
- disguise gaps
- correct crooked or stained teeth
- improve your bite
- total smile restoration
In the first visit, the surface layer of the teeth is removed. The teeth are color-matched, and molds are taken to make the veneers. Temporary veneers are placed. During the second visit, temporary veneers are removed and the permanent ones are adhered with cement that is made permanent with UV light.
The treatment for a chipped tooth depends upon the extent of the damage and the visibility of the chip when you smile. If only a small amount of the enamel is missing or if the chip is on the front teeth, dental bonding can also repair the damage. This procedure requires only a single office visit.
Dental bonding is also referred to as a “filling,” since it fills the missing enamel with tooth-like composite resin. This is a fast and painless procedure that does not require any numbing medication. The chipped area is etched to make the bonding material hold properly. An adhesive is applied, followed by the composite resin. The resin is shaped to blend with the natural tooth and restore its shape. UV light hardens the material to complete the procedure.
Crowns are recommended when –
- the chips are large
- the teeth that have significant decay
- the molar teeth are chipped
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic. They are used to cover the tooth root.