A chipped tooth can be a severe blow not only to self-esteem but also a pain-free, everyday experience. We understand wanting to receive quick and thorough help when this situation catches us by surprise. Emergency dental care can be stressful for some looking for an affordable professional to care for their chipped tooth.
The repair of chipped teeth is generally a simple procedure performed by a dentist. They may use varying methods of fixing it, depending on where the break is (front teeth, molars, etc.) and how badly it is broken. If you have a chipped tooth, don’t wait to seek treatment. Call Wambaugh Dental at 844.508.1034 right away.
Methods of Repairing a Chipped Tooth
When a chipped tooth is in the front, your dentist will take care to make the final product look as natural as possible with tooth-colored composite resin and bonding it to the original tooth. This method usually does not require numbing or anesthesia to perform.
A second method in chipped tooth repair is a dental filling. This does require numbing to avoid pain during the procedure but is simple and quick to perform. The damaged portion of the tooth will be drilled away by your dentist, and, once clean, the filling will be applied. There are many different materials used for this, such as:
- Composite resin (cheapest but natural looking)
- Porcelain (Costly but longer lasting than composite resin fillings)
- Metal (longest-lasting, but some patients find them obvious and unsightly)
Depending on the material you choose, a mold of your teeth will most likely be needed for a filling. A good dentist will discuss what needs to be done for the best outcome that makes you feel the most comfortable.
A third option for a chipped tooth is a cap, otherwise known as a crown. These fit over the top of a broken tooth to cover the damage and keep the remaining tooth safe from further damage. No part of the tooth is removed with the use of a crown. When applied by an experienced dentist, a crown is stronger than a filling and can be less likely to come loose and, as a result, require further intervention.
Other Options for Chipped Tooth Repair
For less dramatic damage to the enamel of your teeth or to correct a flaw in the shape of a tooth, one might consider veneers. A veneer is less durable than a crown, as it’s thinner than the material used for a crown. Veneers are often used for cosmetic purposes. The tooth is often shaved down to allow the veneer to fit over the body of the tooth and is a permanent option for chipped, misshapen, or otherwise slightly damaged teeth.
Complications of a Chipped Tooth if Left Untreated
When dealing with chipped tooth repair, sooner is better than later. If a tooth is left damaged without a dentist’s help, it can become problematic down the road. These complications will almost certainly lead to more extensive and costly dental treatment and may include:
- Pain (eating, chewing, talking, etc.)
- Infection (if the break/chip is extreme enough)
- Bad breath (or sourness in the mouth)
- Further decay or damage of the tooth
- Exposing the root of the tooth to elements
Reach Out to Wambaugh Dental
A chipped tooth, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, may have a bigger impact on the health of your teeth than you realize. It’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible to gauge how to handle the immediate damage and to keep it from getting worse. A simple crown or filling can keep a chipped tooth from becoming a much bigger problem down the road with a much more expensive trip to the dentist. If you or a loved one are struggling with a chipped tooth and need repair, call Wambaugh Dental today at 844.508.1034.