A chipped tooth is something that can happen at any time.
You might be biting into a sandwich and find that an olive has not been pitted, or you could be playing in your team’s social touch footy match and end up in an accidental tackle and cop an elbow to the mouth.
However, it happens, a chipped tooth is an unpleasant reality of life that we sometimes have to face.
While a chipped tooth is inconvenient, there are many ways to fix it so it will be as good as new in no time.
We want to discuss some of the ways our dentists can fix your chipped tooth, so you know what to expect if it happens to you.
Fill The Chip With Dental Bonding
When you only have a small chip in your tooth, like the corner of your tooth, dental bonding is a great way to restore it to its former glory.
Bonding is a process where your dentist will use a small amount of tooth-coloured resin and mould it over the tooth to fill in the chip. This is an effective way to repair a small chip in your tooth.
- Your tooth is roughed to ensure the resin has a good surface to adhere to – but this process is not painful, and it’s a great way to ensure a lasting result.
- You will not need an anaesthetic for this procedure. We can take you through the entire process quickly and easily.
- After the resin is applied to your tooth, your dentist will harden the product using UV light, which ensures that your dental bond will last for up to ten years.
Cover The Chip With A Dental Veneer
Sometimes the chip in your tooth is just a little bigger than can be covered and filled in by a dental bond. In such cases, a dental veneer is a great option for ensuring that your tooth looks fantastic again.
This is a more involved process than dental bonding and requires us to take an impression of your tooth so that we can craft a perfect fit with your veneer.
You will probably be more comfortable in this procedure with a local anaesthetic, but you can discuss options for pain relief with our dentist.
- Once we have your veneer all made up and colour matched to your teeth, we can bond it to the surface of your tooth.
- We use UV light to harden the glue and ensure a perfect fit.
- A veneer can last for up to twenty years if you look after it properly, making this a lasting solution for anyone looking to repair a chip or discolouration due to cracking.
Dental Crowns For Cracked And Chipped Teeth
In some cases, a crack or chip is more advanced, requiring you to get a dental crown fixed to your tooth. A dental crown is a great way to ensure your comfort.
If you are experiencing pain when you eat, you might be an ideal candidate for a crown. Speak to your dentist about the process of getting a crown and find out whether this might be an option for you.
- A crown is an involved dental procedure in which a permanent ‘cap’ is attached to your existing tooth.
- If you think you may need a crown, you should give us a call to find out more.