When you chip a tooth, it can be a big deal. After all, your smile is what people notice. When you have a chipped tooth, it does a lot to damage your smile. Fortunately, your dentist has several options to fix a chipped tooth.
How your teeth can become chipped
Everyday habits like chewing on pencils or your fingernails can all lead to chipped teeth. Aging takes a toll on your teeth too. As you age, your smile ages with you, and overuse can lead to chipped teeth. If you have a traumatic bite, your teeth can chip from you biting down. If you grind or clench your teeth, your teeth can become badly damaged over time.
How your dentist can fix a chipped tooth
Dental bonding: this is one of the easiest ways your dentist can fix a small chip. Bonding uses composite, a liquid resin that can be matched to the shade of your teeth. After the liquid composite is placed, your dentist hardens the liquid with ultraviolet light. Dental bonding is non-invasive and can be completed without an anesthetic.
Dental crowns: if you have lost a significant amount of tooth structure, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns are made with porcelain, a light-reflective, natural-looking material that blends with your smile. Dental crowns provide excellent strength, protection, and beauty, for a badly chipped tooth.
Porcelain Veneers: if you want to hide chips and correct other issues like cracks or fracture lines, porcelain veneers can give you a stunningly beautiful smile, and hide flaws in your teeth and your smile. Porcelain veneers can give you a perfect smile, that is uniquely yours. Veneers typically require two or more appointments, including a consultation appointment.
To learn more about dental treatments to repair a chipped tooth, and other restorative and cosmetic dental services, call Dr. Eddie Yates at Smiles by Design in Atlanta, GA. You can reach him in the office at (404) 636-5646 , so call today!