Chipped and Broken Teeth
Chipped teeth can be a reminder of a wild night or just a mundane accident. But no matter the cause of your chipped teeth, they can make you self-conscious about your smile and can nick your tongue on a daily basis. Consequentially, a damaged tooth can lead to serious dental problems. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry have several solutions that can treat, restore, and even your smile again. This may involve help from dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns.
Solutions for Chipped Teeth
There are three main solutions for chipped teeth: dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns. The solution that is right for you depends on the number and extent of your how chipped or broken your teeth are, what your personal preferences are, and whether you have other common cosmetic dentistry problems.
Dental Bonding for Chipped Teeth
Dental bonding uses the same materials found in tooth-colored fillings. A composite, plastic-based material can be applied directly to the chipped areas and shaped to mimic the missing tooth material. It can also be color-matched to blend well with your teeth.
The advantages of dental bonding are that it is a quick and inexpensive treatment. It can be applied, shaped, and cured during one brief visit. It’s perhaps the most modestly priced solution to chipped teeth.
The disadvantages of dental bonding are that it may not match seamlessly with your tooth enamel and it may not last as long. Also, because dental bonding is plastic, dental bonding also has a different luster compared to dental enamel. Dental enamel is more similar to a ceramic.
Dental bonding is a good filling material because it binds on all sides and is not subjected to too much biting force. However, when it is in an exposed place like the top of your tooth where most chipped teeth occur, it has less support and may wear out quickly or come loose.
Porcelain Veneers for Chipped Teeth
Porcelain veneers are made of thin facades of porcelain that are cemented to the fronts of your teeth. They can fit over the top of your teeth and provide a new biting surface as well. They are crafted to fit over your chipped teeth and restore your smile to a whole and healthy appearance.
Porcelain veneers are the optimal solution for chipped teeth. Because they are made of porcelain, they color-match your teeth, giving them a consistent and natural shine. Porcelain veneers can also be used to treat other smile problems at the same time, including crooked teeth and stained teeth. Properly cared for, they can also give long-lasting and beautiful results.
The only disadvantage of porcelain veneers is that they seem relatively expensive. But if you consider the quality and lifetime of results, along with the possible multiple benefits, you will likely find that they are actually your best value. Another concern is that if your chipped teeth are due not to accidents but to an uneven bite, your veneers may chip as well. To ensure this is not the case, we recommend a neuromuscular dentistry evaluation before receiving porcelain veneers.
Dental Crowns for Broken Teeth
If your tooth is not just chipped, but has a serious break or crack, a dental crown is the solution. A crown is a cap of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal that is placed over the entire tooth. It not only conceals the broken tooth, but protects and strengthens it. It can be used even if a tooth has had previous fillings, and, with a root canal, it can be used when your nerve has been compromised.
A neuromuscular evaluation is also important before having a crown placed. If you suffer from Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJ), your crown may be subjected to uneven forces, causing it to wear or fail early.
Timing Is Important
If you have one or more broken or chipped teeth, waiting can cause the damage to worsen or affect other teeth. Once chipped, a tooth can wear unevenly, or leave other teeth to bear more of the biting force and making them more likely to chip. A cracked tooth can expose your tooth nerve to infection, which can be dangerous and lead to a root canal or tooth loss.
Don’t wait to have your chipped or broken tooth evaluated. Contact Deldar Dental today for an appointment.
Deldar Dental offers treatments for chipped or broken teeth in Noblesville, Carmel, Fishers, Indianapolis, Lapel, Westfield, and surrounding areas.