Chipped Tooth Repair in Greensboro
It can happen really fast. You are eating your favorite meal and then all of a sudden, crack! It is your tooth! Now you have an unsightly and often painful chipped tooth. Your tooth enamel may be the hardest tissue in your body; unfortunately, it is not indestructible.
First and foremost, there is no need to panic. With the help of a dentist who offers chipped tooth repair, it can be fixed! Luckily for those living in or near the Piedmont Triad, fixing chipped teeth is one of our specialties. Plus, we offer emergency dental care (because a chipped front tooth doesn’t just happen during business hours). Whether your chipped tooth requires emergency care or not, seeing a dentist to receive proper treatment is the best thing you can do to save your smile.
How Can Friendly Dentistry Repair A Chipped Tooth?
Since no tooth breaks the same, there are a variety of ways our dentists can fix your chipped tooth. In most cases, the more severe the break, the more dental work it will take to repair it. The way in which your tooth breaks also plays a factor into whether the dentist will choose restorative or cosmetic dentistry to repair or recreate your broken tooth. At Friendly Dentistry in Greensboro, your dentist will choose from the following chipped tooth treatment options:
Dental Bonding / Filling
For chips that are fairly small in size, it is very likely that your dentist will opt to use a filling or bonding to repair the chip. Bonding is composite resin that is used to fill in the missing area of your tooth. The dentist will shape and mold the bonding material to your tooth and apply a UV light to harden the material. The composite bonding is the same color as teeth once it is fully bonded, meaning your dentist will be able to polish the dental filling to match the rest of your tooth. This is a treatment option we provide frequently because it is fast and easy. Dental fillings can be completed in one visit and the results are natural looking.
In some cases our dentists are able to simply smooth out the surface of the enamel without using the bonding, which is called recontouring. After the surface is smooth, a quick polish is the only other step it will take to repair the cracked tooth. Regardless of the size of the chip, it is important that it is filled to prevent plaque and bacteria from building up in it.
If too much of the tooth is missing, dental bonding may not be enough to repair the chip. If this is the case, it is likely your dentist will choose to use a crown instead. Though dental crowns can be used for many different dental procedures and treatments, it is not uncommon for a dentist to select a dental crown or bridge to fix chipped teeth. In simple terms, a crown is a cap that is placed over the tooth. The material the crown is made of can vary from porcelain, resin, or metal. Typically, if you have a chipped front tooth, a resin or porcelain crown will be used so that it matches your existing tooth.
Please note: In most cases, you will receive a temporary crown during your first visit to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is created from a mold in the lab. Once the permanent crown is ready, typically 2-3 weeks after your appointment, you will return to our dentist office for a second appointment to have the crown cemented in place over the broken tooth.
Another popular treatment option is cosmetic veneers. Also made from porcelain and resin composite materials, veneers are used to cover the front of a tooth; an onlay if you will. Many patients opt for veneers because they last longer and leave a smooth, natural appearance. Dental veneers are also used to close gaps between teeth, hide crooked teeth, and to cover dark stains.
For more serious chipped teeth accidents, like one that has caused nerve damage or a tooth that is missing altogether, your dentist may recommend a dental implant. If the tooth is not gone, but there is not enough left to recreate it using previously mentioned treatment options, the dentist will begin by extracting what is left of the chipped tooth. Next, a metal screw will be placed to replace the missing tooth. Once the screw is in place, a crown will be screwed on to give you functionality of a regular tooth. Of all the treatment options mentioned, implants will last the longest.
Sometimes the tooth can be repaired, but there is still nerve damage or signs of infection. In order to treat it, your dentist may suggest a root canal. Within each tooth is a soft tissue called the pulp which connects the nerves and blood vessels to the roots. During the root canal, the dentist will remove the pulp from the damaged tooth and cap it off with a crown to protect it from further infection from bacteria.
What Should You Do To Treat Your Chipped Tooth While You Wait To See The Dentist?
Once you made your appointment, your next priority should be to take care of the chipped tooth to prevent further damage. Begin by rinsing your mouth with warm water to get rid of any remaining tooth fragments. If you feel pain or are suffering from inflammation, you may take ibuprofen to help reduce these symptoms. If your gums are bleeding, place a cold rag or gauze in your mouth. Press down on the area to slow the bleeding. This sometimes also helps ease some discomfort the chipped tooth may be causing you. Additionally, if the edges of where your tooth is chipped are sharp, you can purchase dental wax at most convenient stores which you can place over it until you arrive at the dental office. Lastly, chew food on the opposite side of your mouth (if possible) and avoid eating any hard foods to protect your tooth from being damaged even more.
Book Your Appointment With One of Our Chipped Tooth Dentist Today
If you have chipped teeth, it is important to remember not to panic. If you are in pain, contact us immediately by calling (336) 272-4595 to book your emergency chipped tooth repair. Even if you are not in pain, you should not wait to see a dentist. The faster you receive proper treatment, the less intrusive the treatment will be.