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Three ways to fix a chipped tooth

Teeth are prone to chipping. Some individuals will chip a tooth at some point in their life. After constant pressure in one area, enamel may be worn down to the point where it fractures. Bite down on firm food or suffer an accident that chips and cracks your teeth, whatever the cause.

Dental Bonding

Depending on the extent of the damage and whether the chip appears when you smile, a chipped tooth might be treated in various ways. If only a little amount of enamel is lost or if it is on the front teeth, dental bonding can heal any damage to your teeth in just one office visit.

Dental bonding, also known as a “filling,” is an easy and painless procedure that does not require numbing medicine. The chipped area is etched to ensure that the bonding material adheres correctly. A bonding substance is used, after which composite resin is molded over it to help restore the form of natural teeth. The process is completed when the material has hardened due to UV light exposure.

Dental Crowns

In cases where bigger chips, chipped teeth with significant decay, or molar chip are found in the tooth root, a crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers it. Crowns are usually made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic and are long-lasting. We can help you choose the best option for you based on price, durability, and appearance.

A crown typically takes two visits to put in. At the first office visit, a root canal will be required to build up the root’s structure to support the crown. X-rays and any other teeth that need to be removed will be taken. Impressions of both teeth, including those receiving the prosthetic, will be taken by your dentist for accuracy. You’ll go home with a temporary crown until your permanent one is ready. The temporary crown is removed on the second visit, and the permanent crown is permanently placed during the last visit. Your teeth should function normally again now that they’ve been restored correctly.

Porcelain Veneers

Another option for repairing chips on the front teeth is porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain covering the front of teeth and include a thick core to fill in the chipped area of the tooth. A single veneer may be used to mend a chip on one tooth, or all of your front teeth can be treated at once with veneers for a complete smile makeover in just two office visits. Veneers not only restore damaged teeth; they can also conceal gaps, straighten crooked or discolored teeth, and improve your bite.

During the first visit, the top layer of your teeth is scraped away to make room for the veneers. Your teeth will be dyed to your preference, and molds will be taken so that the veneers may be built. During this time, temporary veneers are used. At the second appointment, temporary veneers are removed, and permanent ones are secured with cement that has been made permanent using UV light.

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