The simple answer is yes, your dentist can fix your chipped tooth. The question of how your chipped tooth will be fixed depends on how severity of the chip. Your dentist can both restore the appearance of your tooth as well as the function. A chipped tooth can be vulnerable to further damage, so it is important for it to be protected. Fixing a chipped tooth protects it against the dangers of that potential damage. Depending on your needs, your dentist may use a variety of options to repair your chipped tooth: bonding, porcelain veneers, or a dental crown may all be used.
Bonding is a composite resin that is used for both cosmetic reasons and to restore teeth after a filling. If a chip is fairly minor, bonding material may be used to restore the tooth back to its original shape and size. The resin can be matched to the color of the tooth so that it blends in nearly seamlessly. The bonding material will be permanently applied to your tooth, dried, and polished. The composite resin is bio-compatible and looks and acts like your natural tooth.
Porcelain veneers are a thin shells of porcelain material that can be created to match your smile. The wafer-thin veneer shell will be permanently applied to the front of your tooth. Porcelain looks like a natural tooth with the nearly translucent appearance, and it also structurally acts like the tooth.
A dental crown can be used to restore a very badly chipped tooth. It is also strong enough to restore a heavy-chewing tooth, like a molar, in the back of your mouth. A crown acts like a cap or a helmet for your vulnerable, chipped tooth. It can absorb that pressure that may occur from biting and chewing. Depending on your specific needs, a crown can be made of many lifelike, esthetically pleasing materials, including porcelain, zirconia, and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM).
Do You Need to Fix a Chipped Tooth?
A chipped tooth should be repaired quickly to protect it from further damage. To schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.