Chipping a tooth could be uncomfortable and embarrassing. It can come from any number of things, like grinding your teeth or biting into hard food that your teeth can’t handle. It’s probably not something that you want to display prominently in your smile. Oftentimes, chipping a tooth can also cause pain that makes it hard to eat.
Fortunately, as a family and cosmetic dentist in Wadsworth, IL, we know exactly how to fix a chipped tooth. We recommend solutions for chipped tooth repair based on your particular needs. Here are some options we may suggest to you:
Bonding is a quick and easy solution for most small, cosmetic chips. During dental bonding in Wadsworth, IL, the remaining enamel on the tooth is first roughened in order for composite to better adhere to the tooth’s surface. Composite is then shaped to replace the chip and hardened with a dental curing light, instantly solidifying the material. Typically, bonding can last up to ten years with proper care.
Bonding is beneficial because it can be done in just a simple office visit if it’s only one tooth. It’s the cheapest option of the three if you’re short on money. Dental bonding also removes the smallest amount of tooth enamel in order to do the procedure. Veneers and crowns are more customizable options and are made in a lab before the procedures are done.
If the tooth was fully cracked or there was significant damage to the tooth, porcelain veneers in Wadsworth, IL may be recommended. Also, if you have chipped a tooth several times or wish to repair the tooth’s color, getting veneers may be the best option.
A veneer uses porcelain material that covers the front surface of your teeth, giving them a natural look while also providing strength comparable to natural tooth enamel. In order to apply a veneer, a small amount of existing tooth structure is removed to make room around the affected area. Then, we will take an impression of the tooth to use in making the permanent veneer and place a temporary veneer. Once the permanent, porcelain veneer arrives, the temporary veneer is removed and the area around the tooth is cleaned. We will then place the adhesive and set in the new veneer for exact fit. Finally, the veneer is light cured and you have a natural, beautiful smile.
Dental crowns are a “cap” that covers your tooth. A crown restores a tooth back to its normal shape, size, and function. Dental crowns in Wadsworth, IL are best-suited when a large portion of the original tooth is missing, or when the tooth is significantly damaged, causing pain when chewing or drinking. They are an effective solution to repair the shape and look of your tooth quickly. This prevents further damage from tooth decay or exposed nerves.
Call Us to Learn How to Fix a Chipped Tooth
If you have a chipped tooth, contact us as soon as possible. We have a number of solutions to fix any oral health issues that arise from chipping or cracking a tooth. We will provide a customized plan for you based on your needs. Greenwood Dental Care LLC of Waukegan 609 W. Greenwood Ave., Ste. 1E, Waukegan, IL 60087 855.528.3961