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A Quick Guide to Options for Repairing a Chipped Tooth

A chipped tooth is the most common form of tooth trauma. Although it may not be an emergency, it can feel like one. You might be worried that it’s a serious crack in the tooth. You might also be unhappy with the appearance or feel of the broken tooth. And the chipped tooth may be sensitive.

All good reasons to get treatment for a chipped tooth right away.

When considering restorative dentistry options for your chipped tooth, it’s important to understand your options.

Three Options for Chipped Tooth Repair

Typically, there are only three options for repairing your chipped tooth: dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns.

Dental bonding is a soft putty material, the same that we use for most tooth-colored fillings. Once it’s applied to the tooth, it’s hardened with a catalyst light. It may be applied in several layers, but once it’s finished, it is polished to look more similar to tooth enamel.

The before and after of a actual patient of Dr. Clements who had a chipped tooth.
Actual patient of Dr. Nelson Clements!

Porcelain veneers are thin fronts of ceramic that are bonded to the front of your tooth. First, some of your tooth material is removed so that the veneer will fit smoothly. Then an impression is made and sent to the dental lab, where your restoration is crafted. You’ll wear a temporary until your final version is finished.

A dental crown is similar to a porcelain veneer, but instead of being bonded just to the front of the tooth, it fits completely over the damaged tooth, protecting and strengthening it.

But how do you decide which is the right treatment for your chipped tooth.

A Quick and Inexpensive Fix

If you are mostly concerned about getting your chipped tooth fixed today and don’t want an expensive fix, then you want dental bonding. Dental bonding is the least expensive repair, and it can be completed in a single visit.

Attractive and Durable Repair

If you are looking for the most attractive repair for your chipped tooth, then porcelain veneers are a great choice. They look the most like natural tooth material, and they’re stain resistant. They are also very durable. While dental bonding may last for a few years, porcelain veneers will usually last a decade or more.

When Your Tooth Needs Protection

But what if your tooth is seriously cracked? In that case, a dental crown is probably your best option. A dental crown is attractive and durable like porcelain veneers, but it can help provide more protection for a damaged tooth, including adding strength to it.

What Does Your Tooth Need?

All these tooth repair options are great–for the right person. The best way to find out which one is right for you is to schedule an appointment with a reconstructive dentist. For help with a chipped tooth in Valdosta, GA, please call (229) 242-5511 today for an appointment at the office of Dr. Nelson Clements.

October 5th, 2016|Restorative Dentistry|