Three Ways to Fix a Chipped Tooth
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Most people will experience a chipped tooth in their lifetime. Chipping a tooth can happen several different ways, but whether your enamel wears in a specific spot or you bite too hard on a piece of crunchy food, there are available solutions to fixing a chipped tooth. The following options, with additional information from 90210 Dentist, provide potential solutions for your chipped tooth.
The severity of your chipped tooth can determine the type of treatment you will need to correct and perfect your smile. If you're only missing a small amount of enamel from a front tooth, dental bonding is a quick and simple repair process that may be best for you. Dental bonding may also be referred to as "filling," and is a performed by adhering an etched bonding material to the area of your tooth that has been chipped. "Once the adhesive material is applied, then the composite resin is shaped on top of it to blend with the natural tooth and restore its shape," according to 90210 Dentist. After this step, an ultraviolet light will harden the material to complete the procedure quickly and painlessly.
If you have a larger chip, a decayed tooth, or a chip on a molar tooth, a crown may be a better option for you. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover the root of the tooth, and "are made to be long lasting and are composed of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic," 90210 Dentist states. Installing a crown to your chipped tooth will usually take about two office visits, as root canals, x-rays and molds of the tooth may need to be taken.
A chip on your front tooth can be repaired with porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin porcelain shells designed to cover the front teeth. One veneer can be used to repair one tooth, or a row of veneers can be used to completely reinvent your smile. Porcelain veneers can be installed in as little as two office visits, and can improve the appearance and performance of your smile.
If you have a chipped tooth and are looking to have it repaired, look no further than the dental office of Dr. Joseph C. Lattinelli. By scheduling an appointment with us, we can help you achieve your perfect smile with one of the above methods. So don't hesitate, reach out to us today by calling 212-752-7188.