Options for Chipped Teeth
If a patient suffers from chipped teeth due to dental decay or an accident there are a few ways in which we can treat these issues. One treatment option is composite bonding which is able to fix the area and restore the tooth, or teeth can be treated with a dental crown to cover the area and protect it from further damage. In other cases a veneer can be prepared and bonded to the front side of the tooth to improve smile aesthetics.
Having a chipped or damaged tooth is extremely common and there are many ways of dealing with this problem. If the tooth is slightly chipped we can remove any decay and prepare to build the tooth back up. Once all signs of decay have been removed an adhesive is applied to the tooth in preparation for the application of the composite bonding. A special light source is then used to fix the bonding securely in place.
If a chipped tooth is not treated it can lead to further damage of the tooth and can also cause further complications that affect the dental pulp and the nerve of the tooth. Patients often find a chipped tooth can cause sensitivity, but a dental restoration should counteract this problem and relieve sensitivity. Bonding should last for up to ten years if the teeth are well looked after and you have dental check-ups twice a year.
If a tooth is more damaged then crowns or veneers can be used to both restore the tooth and provide strength, as well as having benefits for the aesthetics of the smile. A crown will fit over the damaged tooth for an improvement in functionality and appearance.
There are a number of ways of dealing with chipped tooth and each patient will be dealt with according to their individual case.