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If you have a chipped tooth because of an accident or after chewing on something that your teeth couldn’t handle, you’ll need to come in for 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 dentist can recommend a tooth restoration solution 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 ways to restore the broken tooth and repair your smile. Many of these options are also very affordable and our patients have been happy with the final results. Here are some of your best options for chipped tooth repair, right after a few important steps that you should take if you are suffering from a recently chipped tooth.
Important Steps To Take If You Have A Recently Chipped Tooth
Save the pieces of the chipped tooth if possible
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. Saliva would be the next best option.
Let us know you’re coming in RIGHT AWAY, tell us how you chipped your tooth, which tooth is chipped, if you still have the chipped off piece. The more information you give us the better.
Rinse your mouth
You want to make sure your mouth is clean, so gently swish warm salt water. Your broken tooth is going to be very sensitive, so be gentle with it.
In some cases, a chipped tooth or cracked tooth can be repaired with a simple bonding technique. This form of restorative dentistry is ideal for smaller chips and cracks in a tooth that may not require a full 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. 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 smile. 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 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, talk to our team at Friendly Dentistry. We’ve helped many patients restore their smile with some of the most advanced restorative dentists 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 practice today.