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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.

By George Salem and Associates, PC
January 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth are one of the few structures inside the body that cannot regenerate after sustaining dental crownsdamage. That's why your dental team at Dr. George Salem and Associates in Braintree, MA, offer crowns as a way of repairing teeth that need to be restored to their function and appearance. Here, you'll learn about how crowns work to replace damaged natural teeth while keeping the roots intact.

What are crowns?

A crown, sometimes called a cap, is a dental restoration used frequently to repair and protect a tooth that still has functional roots, but has sustained too much outer damage to function on its own. Crowns are tooth-shaped but hollow in the middle in order to fit over the top of a natural tooth that has been prepared by your Braintree dentist. Crowns are typically made of a porcelain material that is both strong and attractive; dental laboratories use the measurements sent to them by your Braintree dentist to shape, polish, and paint a lifelike tooth replacement that will be attached using a bonding cement, allowing you to eat and smile normally.

Why are crowns used?

There are several instances in which your Braintree dentist utilizes a crown. They are the finishing touch after a root canal is completed; this is usually due to extensive decay removal that leaves the affected tooth unusable otherwise. Crowns can also be used instead of traditional filling material if a cavity is larger than average. When an entire natural tooth is missing, a restoration called a bridge fills in the gap with a solid crown that is placed between two normal crowns; the teeth on either side of the gap are crowned to reinforce them.

If one or more of your teeth might need a crown, contact Dr. George Salem and Associates in Braintree, MA, to schedule a consultation. So many of our patients have benefited from this versatile restoration; you might be one of them!

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