How to Fix a Chipped Tooth (And Love Your Smile Again)
Some patients are embarrassed by a chipped or worn tooth.
“We see many patients who have teeth which are chipped or in varying stages of wear. If your teeth are chipped, fractured, shortened or worn away, we can restore the damaged teeth to look beautiful and have full function.”
It is common to see patients with a chipped or worn tooth. It can happen for many reasons which include:
- Trauma to the face from an accident or from playing sports
- Eating hard candy or other hard foods such as ice cubes
- A tongue or lip piercing as it can bump against your teeth and wear them down
- Using your teeth as a tool such as biting a bag open or pulling things apart
- Consistent grinding of your teeth, also known as bruxism
- Poor teeth alignment
- An overexposure to stomach acid
The good news is your tooth can be restored to look natural and have full function in as little as ONE DAY! You will look beautiful!
It is very rewarding to create a solution just right for a patient and to see that person love his/her smile again.
Treatment choices for how to fix your chipped tooth range from relatively inexpensive cosmetic bonding to the more durable and long-lasting, full-coverage crown.
How to fix a chipped tooth
The first thing we do in our office is, evaluate why the tooth/teeth became damaged in the first place.
We want to get to know you, ask questions, and look at your bite to see if there are any specific teeth experiencing trauma due to an injury. Afterward, we will determine whether cosmetic bonding or a crown is the best solution for how to fix your chipped tooth. During your consultation, we will be happy to explain why we do not prefer veneers.
What is cosmetic bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is the least expensive way to repair a chipped, fractured, worn, or discolored tooth. This repair can be done in one day at our dental office in Waldorf, MD.
The bonding process is where tooth-colored materials are attached directly to your tooth. The bonding material is composite resin and is available in a wide range of colors which can be used for a perfect match. The composite resin is shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Dr. Silberman can design a tooth that looks natural, and no one will be able to distinguish the bonded tooth from neighboring teeth.
It is important to know that the more tooth structure lost through an injury or decay, the less likely it is that the bonding material will be strong enough to last. The bonding material is not as strong as tooth structure. If there is too much bonding material needed, we will likely recommend a crown to completely cover the tooth and regain full strength.
What is a dental crown?
If a crown is necessary or preferred, our office can create single crowns in one visit by using CEREC® technology.
The CEREC® method of creating crowns uses the latest dental technology to significantly reduce treatment time to one day. We replaced our older CEREC® machine last year so that the dentists at The Silberman Dental Group can continue to offer you the latest technology with the best and most recent updates. All technology today is constantly improving and we keep current with improvements.
With CEREC® technology, a 3D imaging camera and software is used to design a custom dental crown. It is durable and gives exceptional aesthetics. It takes approximately two hours from start to finish for a permanent crown. No one would be able to distinguish the crown from neighboring teeth.
Occasionally a crown requires custom colorization and it may not be possible to do this in one visit. That decision is made prior to treatment.
To be safe, we may also suggest a mouthguard to protect your teeth from clenching or to protect your teeth from clenching or to protect your teeth from a similar injury that caused the problem.
We offer scheduled consultations and second opinions at no cost
If you would like to speak about any cosmetic or restorative dental concerns, please schedule an appointment with us. During that scheduled appointment Dr. Silberman or Dr. Barakh will give you a FREE consultation and second opinion.
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