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If you have a chipped tooth or cracked enamel because of an accident or after chewing on something that your teeth couldn’t handle, you’ll need to visit a Greensboro dental office for at least a quick checkup. In most cases, we’ll take a set of X-rays and check for any signs of more serious damage around the root of the tooth.
After that, our cosmetic dentist can recommend a tooth restoration solution or comparable dental treatment to restore your chipped tooth. Many people with chipped teeth become self-conscious about their smile and need a quick fix to feel confident when smiling again. Fortunately, there are several cosmetic dentistry procedures designed to restore broken teeth and repair your smile. Many of these options are also very affordable and our patients have been happy with the final results of our dental work. Here are some of your best options for chipped tooth repair, along with a few important steps that you should take if you are suffering from a recently chipped tooth or cracked teeth.
Important Steps To Take If You Have A Recently Chipped Tooth
Our dental associates always advise saving the chipped tooth if at all possible. Total tooth replacement for permanent teeth can be a much more costly endeavor than repair for basic chipping. If you can, find the chipped part of your tooth and store it in a clean container. It is preferable to store the tooth in milk, as the calcium that promotes healthy teeth can also slow the tooth decay process. Saliva would be the next best option.
Call our Greensboro dental office ASAP
It’s easiest for our dental practice to help you when we know you need us ahead of time. If possible, call the office and tell a dental professional that you’re coming in as soon as you can, and be prepared to tell us how you chipped your tooth, which tooth is chipped, and if you still have the chipped piece. The more information you can give us the better. We specialize in emergency dental care, and having the right information helps us get you the quality dental care you need in a timely manner.
Rinse your mouth
You want to make sure your mouth is clean, so gently swish warm salt water. Your broken or fractured tooth is going to be very sensitive, so be gentle with it. Rinsing with warm salt water will help prepare your mouth for any necessary cosmetic procedures, as well as keep it clean and relatively germ free.
In some cases, a chipped tooth or cracked tooth can be repaired with a simple dental bonding technique. This form of restorative dentistry is ideal for smaller chips and cracks in a tooth that may not require a full dental crown. Bonding is a one-visit procedure for patients with a chipped or cracked tooth. It’s an easy way to save a tooth and prevent further damage to the tooth structure. The bonding material is colored to match your natural teeth, so it’s virtually undetectable.
Many patients who have a chipped or cracked tooth benefit from dental veneers. Veneers are frequently used as a cosmetic solution but can also have the functional benefit of rebuilding a damaged tooth. We can shape veneers to look just like your real teeth and enhance your current smile, or even give you a complete smile makeover. One of the great things about veneers is they are designed to last for several years and can improve the overall condition of the tooth. There’s no special maintenance required and they, too, are colored to match your natural teeth.
Dental crowns are another convenient solution for chipped teeth. They serve both a cosmetic and functional purpose because we can mold the crown to look just like the rest of your tooth. Crowns are placed as a ‘cap’ over the top half of the tooth so they can be a great option for fixing small cracks and chips that develop on the top of a molar or on the upper half of a tooth.
If you’re wondering how to fix a chipped tooth or would like to become a new patient, talk to our team at Friendly Dentistry. We’ve helped many Greensboro patients restore their smile with some of the most advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry solutions available. Chipped teeth can be fixed in one or two visits and we can perform other cosmetic treatments to further enhance and strengthen your smile. Learn more about chipped tooth repair by contacting our Greensboro Office today.