Getting a chipped tooth is bound to happen sooner or later, and everyone hates it. It occurs from various accidents. Whether you slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk, you chewed on some ice when drinking some grape soda, or you've gotten hit by a baseball while playing softball, getting a chipped tooth happens. The chipped tooth could be painful as well. Also, to add insult to injury, it's an embarrassing sight to smile in public when you have a chipped tooth.
Most Common Treatments for a Chipped Tooth
There are various ways, however, you can get your chipped tooth fixed. You can get veneers, crowns, dental bonding, and dental implants. Each option is spectacular, but you will have to consult a dentist to determine which option is right for you. The following includes details about each option:
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If your chipped tooth situation is more severe, veneers may be required. Veneers are very durable, thin shell porcelains covers that normally last for seven to 15 years, but it can last up to 20 to 30 years when taking extra good care of them. These shell coverings are placed on the front surface of the teeth. One or more veneers can be installed, and you will gain a smooth, natural, and perfect smile with them. They are also easy to maintain.
Veneers can be made from resin composite materials or porcelain. However, porcelain veneers are more stain resistant and more natural looking. They are ideal for discolored teeth, worn down teeth, broken or chipped teeth, misaligned teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, uneven teeth, and teeth with gaps.
The procedure to install veneers is minimally invasive. It includes the teeth being trimmed down, so the cover can be placed over it. The person will get a free consultation to discuss with the dentist the plan for installing the veneers. The dentist will examine your teeth, and x-rays may be required. Then, he/she will arrange with the client when to come back to get the veneers made and applied. The dentist will take about 1/2 millimeter of your tooth enamel when it comes to making veneers. An impression or model will also be made of the tooth to be sent to a lab to make the veneer. Then, the veneer will be temporarily placed on the tooth for examining the color and fit. While on the tooth, the dentist will remove and trim the veneer as required for the right fit. And before the veneer is permanently placed, the original tooth is cleaned, polished, and edged.
Talk to Your Dental Crown Dentist
This treatment, which is also referred to sometimes as "dental cap", is a more common treatment for a chipped tooth/teeth. It's also required when a huge cavity threatens the tooth's ongoing health. Additionally, it's a more budget-friendly option. It works similarly to veneers in that it covers the teeth; however, it encircles/covers the entire tooth, unlike veneers which cover only the front of the tooth. The reason it's more budget-friendly is because it can be made with different types of material that are more appropriate for your budget and lifestyle.
They can be made from various materials, and a dental impression of the tooth is normally made to make the crown. Your smile will be repaired quickly with crowns. The tooth shape is corrected with them, and further damage is prevented, such as exposed nerves and tooth decay. Also, this option is more suitable when a large portion of the tooth is lost due to a cracked tooth.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the removing and replacing of your tooth with a dental implant should be done when the tooth is cracked just below the gumline's surface. The space in the gums must have time to heal before the cosmetic dentist will install the dental implants. He/she will first put in the gumline a metal plate after the space heals. Then, the dentist will install the implant that will feel and look like a real tooth. This procedure will assist in preventing infection and a root canal down the line.
This is another budget-friendly procedure that is extremely quick. The cosmetic dentist will apply a putty material to the defective tooth. Then, he/she will shape and polish the material around the existing tooth. An ultra-violet light is then used to strengthen the putty to the existing tooth. This option can last up to 10 years.
The procedure takes approximately one hour to complete. There is no sedative used during this procedure because it's painless. The original tooth or teeth are not trimmed like crowns or veneers are. Dental bonding is a simple option for people who have one chipped front tooth.
There are many ways to rectify a chipped tooth. You can get veneers, crowns, dental bonding, and dental implants. To find out more about these options, contact Smile Angels of Beverly Hills today. The best option for you must be diagnosed by yoBeverlyist, so call our Beverly Hills office for a complimentary dental consultation. With over 20 years of experience and a great reputation, you will be in great hands with them. They have all the expertise and state-of-the-art technology and equipment to tell you the right options for you. So, contact them today.