You Fell and Chipped a Tooth--Now What?
Chipped teeth are common after a fall, but luckily, you don't have to live with your altered smile. Dr. Bruce R. Schecter, who practices family dentistry in Milford, CT, explains what you can do to restore your smile.
Chipped teeth can be restored using one of these cosmetic dental treatments:
Bonding is an inexpensive way to treat small chips in your teeth. Your dentist uses a flexible, plastic-based material called composite resin to repair the chip. Composite resin looks like putty and can be manipulated into any shape. After applying the bonding material to your teeth, your dentist uses a special curing light to harden it.
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of your teeth to conceal a variety of imperfections and flaws, including chips, cracks, short teeth, oddly shaped teeth and discolorations. Although veneers are no thicker than a fingernail, they hide cosmetic issues very effectively.Before you receive your veneer, your dentist will file the front of your tooth slightly to ensure that your new veneer won't be too bulky when it's applied. He'll also make an impression of your mouth which will be sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory will use the impression to create a veneer that fits your tooth perfectly. Once your new veneer is ready, your dentist will check the fit, make any needed adjustments and permanently attach it to your tooth with dental cement.
Crowns slip over your teeth and completely encase them. They not only cover cosmetic issues but also strengthen teeth. They're a good choice if your crack is large. Before you receive your crown, your dentist will reduce the size of your tooth to accommodate your new crown. He'll make an impression of your mouth that the dental laboratory will use to create your new restoration. In just about two or three weeks, your new crown will be ready and will be permanently attached to your tooth.
Would you like conceal a chip? Dr. Bruce R. Schecter offers family dentistry services in Milford, CT, and can help you restore your smile. Call him at (203) 878-1787 to make an appointment.