When you’ve chipped a tooth, you need to quickly repair the tooth to restore its function while protecting it from additional damage. Not to mention, if the chip has occurred in one of the front teeth, you’re likely to feel a little self-conscious about the mishap. Thankfully, you now have multiple options when it comes to fixing a chipped tooth. Your dentist in Tyson’s Corner can quickly and easily repair the broken tooth with cosmetic procedures so no one will ever be able to tell the tooth was ever damaged.
Fixing a Chipped Tooth
A chipped tooth can occur for various reasons, but it always happens when you least expect it. Whether a weakened tooth has finally given way or an injury has occurred, you need to act quickly to repair your tooth. In some cases, you can head to an emergency dentist to have your tooth repaired the same day. However, for minor chips and breaks, you may have to wait a couple of days to see the dentist. During this time, use over-the-counter pain medications to help keep you comfortable. If swelling occurs, apply cold compresses to reduce the aggravation.
Once you’re able to see the dentist, your dentist will examine the broken tooth to determine the best course of action. Depending on which tooth has broken and the severity of the break, you have a couple of different treatment options.
Dental Bonding— Dental bonding is the easiest and most affordable option to fix small chips. Using a composite resin material, the dentist will mold the resin to restore the appearance and function of the tooth. The material is bonded to the tooth using a special light to instantly harden the material. The resin can be customized to match your existing enamel color for a seamless restoration. With the right care, the bonding will last up to 10 years.
Dental Veneers—Chipped and cracked teeth can be fixed using dental veneers, which are false fronts that are bonded to the front side of the tooth to hide the break. Composite veneers are the most affordable, but porcelain veneers offer a more natural look. The veneer will be custom-made to meet your tooth’s exact specifications, which is bonded to the front of your tooth using a noninvasive procedure.
Dental Crowns—For teeth that have been severely damaged and for those in the back of the mouth, a dental crown is often the best option. A dental crown is essentially a cap that’s placed over the tooth to restore the tooth’s function and appearance. Now, you can get crowns that match your enamel color so they blend in perfectly with your existing teeth.
Dental Implants—Dental implants may be needed when a tooth has become severely damaged and must be extracted. Dental implants are surgically inserted to permanently replace the damaged tooth for a complete smile.
Your Dentist in Tyson’s Corner
If you’ve had a tooth chip, don’t panic. Call your dentist in Tyson’s Corner at (703) 691-5760 to quickly and easily have your broken tooth repaired.