How Dentists Fix Chipped Teeth

How Dentists Fix Chipped Teeth
Posted on 08/21/2017

While it may seem incredibly traumatic if you happen to chip or even crack a tooth, we at Smith Family Dentistry want you to know that it’s not the end of the world. Modern dental technology has now given us multiple advanced ways to fix these types of dental problems. As providers of Charleston, WV, cosmetic dentistry, we offer a wide variety of treatments that can help. Depending on the way that the tooth is chipped or cracked, your children and adult dentist in Charleston, WV can help in one or more of the following ways.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a simple procedure where a tooth-colored resin material is used to repair a chipped, cracked, misshapen, or decayed tooth. Your Charleston, WV cosmetic dentist will typically only need one visit to start and finish this treatment. Dental bonding won’t last as long as other restorative procedures, however, it’s the least expensive, the simplest, and it will keep the most of your natural tooth structure.

Veneers

Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are placed over the front of a tooth. A veneer essentially acts as a cover for a tooth, being able to transform a tooth’s appearance. A small amount of your tooth enamel will need to be removed in order to have room to place the veneer over the tooth. These veneers have the look and function comparable to real teeth and they’ll last for a much longer time when compared to dental bonding.

Crowns

If you have a tooth that’s badly chipped or cracked, you may need a crown. A crown is essentially a cap that covers your tooth, both protecting your tooth and improving its appearance. However, to have a crown put on, you’ll need to have your tooth prepared in order for the crown to fit over it. The crown will be cemented in place, acting as a natural-looking, strong covering for your remaining tooth structure.

Root Canals

If the crack in your tooth has extended into your tooth’s pulp, you’ll need a root canal. A root canal will involve clearing out any decayed tooth structure and removing the nerve. It’s a procedure that’s similar to a dental filling, only it’s located much deeper within the tooth. Because of that, there’s a good chance that the tooth’s strength may be compromised and you’ll need to have your tooth fitted for a crown afterward as well.

Dental Implants

If you have a crack in your tooth that extends below the gum line, your tooth won’t be able to be saved and you’ll need a tooth extraction. Thankfully though, you can get a dental implant to replace your natural tooth. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into your jawbone. After a period of bone integration to the dental implant, the implant will be topped off with a lifelike crown that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth.

Contact Your Children and Adult Dentist in Charleston, WV Today!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know; we’ll be glad to help you in any way we can. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with your Charleston, WV cosmetic dentist for dental implants, veneers, or crowns, we encourage you to give us a call at (304) 343-9131. We hope to hear from you soon and help keep your teeth in great shape!