Solutions for a Chipped Tooth

There are many circumstances that can lead to a chipped tooth, including biting down on something hard or getting hit in the mouth with a flying object. Whether your chipped tooth was the result of a cherry pit left in a pie or an out-of-control Frisbee throw, Dr. Smita Rewari at byte Dentistry can provide you with a solution to restore your smile.

Who is at risk for a chipped tooth?

Anyone can end up with a chipped tooth. Even healthy teeth with intact enamel aren’t immune to the sudden impact of an object. However, when teeth aren’t so healthy, the enamel or structure of a tooth can weaken, leading to an increased risk of a chip or crack. The leading risk factors for suffering a chipped tooth include:

What are some solutions for a chipped tooth?

For back teeth, the most common solution for a bad chip or crack is to cap the tooth with a custom crown. The crown can be made of resin, metal, or porcelain. Resin is a cheap but weak option. It will likely have to be replaced. Metal crowns, which are long-lasting, are a composite of metal and porcelain. Porcelain crowns are also long-lasting. Furthermore, the color is nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth.

For front teeth, you’ll probably want a more aesthetic solution. In many cases, a small chip or crack can be repaired with bonding, a process that fills in the crack and reshapes the tooth surface to match its original appearance. The bonding is completed with a tooth-colored substance that is matched to the shade of your other teeth.

For more severe chips or damage to your front teeth, veneers can be an effective solution to restore your smile. Veneers, which are made of tooth-colored porcelain, are fitted over the front surfaces of your teeth to create a natural looking smile. Porcelain veneers can last a decade or longer and can also cover up any other imperfections on your front teeth.

If you have a chipped tooth and would like to have your smile expertly restored, book an appointment online or over the phone with byte Dentistry today.

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