How Does a Dentist Fix a Chipped Tooth?

If you chipped a tooth, don’t panic. Your dentist will still be able to fix it. However, you need to get to the dental office as soon as possible. Leaving the chipped tooth untreated may only cause further damage to it. 

In the meantime, you may rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. You also need to be careful when eating to avoid putting pressure on the broken tooth. The treatment for a broken tooth depends on how badly it is damaged. Minor chips can be repaired in a single visit, while a severely damaged tooth may require a lengthier procedure.

Here are ways on how a dentist fixes a chipped tooth.

  1. Dental Fillings or Bonding. If the chip is small, it can be fixed with a dental filling. If the tooth is at the front and the chip is visible, your dentist may recommend bonding. During a bonding procedure, tooth-colored material is bonded to the tooth, shaped and hardened using an ultraviolet light.
  2. Veneers. If you have several broken teeth and are concerned about the appearance of your smile, you and your dentist can also discuss getting dental veneers. Aside from restoring the shape of your tooth, a dental veneer can also help correct discoloration issues. A thin porcelain shell will be attached to the front of your tooth. The cost of veneers may vary depending on the number of teeth that you want fixed.
  3. Dental Crowns. If a dental veneer covers only the front of the tooth, a dental crown, on the other hand, encases the entire tooth. If the chip is large and the tooth is decayed, your dentist may grind or smoothen the remaining tooth and cover it with a dental crown. Dental crowns can fix and avoid further damage to a chipped tooth. A crown can be made from various materials, and it usually takes two dentist appointments to complete the procedure.
  4. Dental Implants. If the crack is deep and is almost reaching the gumline, it may warrant a dental implant. The tooth will be removed and the area will be allowed to heal. After this, the implant will be attached. This procedure for fixing a cracked tooth can take the longest time as your mouth will need to heal completely first.
  5. Root Canal Therapy. If the pulp of the tooth is already exposed, your dentist may also discuss getting a root canal therapy. Here, the damaged or diseased pulp tissue is removed, the root canal cleaned and then sealed. Most of the time, the remaining tooth is covered with a crown to restore its strength and function.

A chipped tooth is a common dental issue, but you still need to see your dentist to find out the appropriate treatment for your situation. Don’t delay getting the issue fixed. Get back your smile with the help of your dental team.



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