If you have a chipped tooth, addressing it is easy to fix. Our office has several different options to help restore your smile to its former glory. The exact treatment depends on the size of the chip and the overall health of the tooth. While esthetics is a major concern, repairing any chips in your teeth is also vital for your oral health.
How A Chipped Tooth Can Affect Your Dental Health
Our teeth are protected with a strong layer of tooth enamel that prevents bacteria from getting inside the tooth. When you have a chip in your tooth this layer is breeched, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth where it can effect the dentin. As the dentin erodes, it causes a cavity which will eventually reach the central part of your tooth called the pulp. There is a risk that these bacteria will infect the pulp, by which time you will need root canal treatment to save the tooth. An infected tooth can be painful so it is much easier, quicker and less expensive to repair the broken or damaged tooth.
There are different treatments to fix a chipped tooth which include dental bonding, porcelain veneers or a crown. Dental bonding is the most straightforward and cost effective choice to repair a chipped tooth. This treatment can be completed in just one appointment and the result should last for several years.
Smaller chips can be masked with a porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.
A porcelain crown might be suggested for teeth that are substantially damaged and where a large portion of the tooth is missing. A crown completely covers the tooth, protecting the remaining portion so it cannot become infected or decayed.
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth and are interested in learning more about how dental bonding can give you back your natural smile, contact our office at 203-692-4405 to schedule an appointment.