Do you have a chipped tooth? Your Braintree, MA, dentists offer several treatments that will improve the appearance of your damaged tooth.
One of these three options can fix your chipped tooth
As tough as teeth are, they aren't indestructible. Chewing ice or other hard objects, grinding your teeth, or falling can cause tiny pieces of teeth to chip off. Although small chips don't alter the structural integrity of your teeth, they certainly affect your appearance.
Depending on the size of the chip, your dentist may recommend one or more of these treatment options:
- Bonding: During a bonding treatment, your dentist applies a flexible, tooth-colored material called composite resin to fill in the chipped area. Once the composite resin is hardened with a curing light, you'll be able to use the tooth immediately. Bonding can usually be performed without any anesthesia.
- Veneers: Veneers offer an excellent option for chip repair. The restorations cover the fronts of the teeth only and are attached with dental cement. Porcelain or plastic veneers are as thin as a contact lens yet thick enough to hide chips and other flaws. During your first veneer appointment at the Braintree, MA, dental office, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth. The impression serves as a guide for the dental lab technicians who create your veneers. They may also need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel as part of the preparation process.
- Crowns: If the chip is large, a crown may be the best option. Crowns are porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin restorations that slip over the tops of teeth. Before you receive a crown, your dentist must reduce the size of your tooth to ensure a comfortable fit. Crowns are also made from an impression of your mouth and are cemented to your teeth. If you'll be receiving porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, you'll wear a temporary crown for a few weeks until your permanent crown is ready.
Are you ready to fix your chipped tooth? Schedule an appointment with your dentists in Braintree, MA, by calling 781-843-0660.