You can get a chipped tooth from a variety of incidents. Whatever the reason, we all know that a chipped tooth can make us feel self-conscious and they can even cause us pain! Fixing a chipped tooth right away can help to ensure that no further issues arise.
If you are unable to get to the dentist right away to take care of your chipped tooth, there are a few things that can help to minimize any pain you may be experiencing:
- You can take some over-the-counter pain medication. It can help to keep any pain, and even swelling that may be a result of your chipped tooth
- Rinsing your mouth can be helpful to remove any food particles that have gotten stuck in your chipped tooth
- Try to avoid any extreme temperatures when eating and drinking, this will help to minimize any sensitivity your may be experiencing from your chipped tooth
Doing these should not be considered an alternative to seeing the dentist. A chipped tooth should be taken seriously. Your dentist needs to examine the effected tooth and decide the best course of action. When it comes to fixing a chipped tooth there are several different options your dentist will consider:
- Bonding (Filling)
If your chip is fairly small and uncomplicated it is likely your dentist will recommend bonding the tooth. This is a pretty simple procedure wherein your dentist will mold a composite material to the remaining healthy portion of your tooth to correct the chipped tooth. Your dentist will first roughen up the remaining enamel and then mold the composite to give you a natural looking fix. When you take excellent care of these types of restorations, they can last several years.
If your chipped tooth is more severe it is likely that your dentist will recommend placing a crown. Crowns are more appropriate when a chipped tooth causes the loss of a large portion of the original tooth. Crowns are oftentimes made of porcelain. A crown encases the entire visible portion of your tooth. When you have a crown placed it is typically a two-appointment process. The first appointment your dentist will prep your tooth for the permanent crown and you will leave with a plastic temporary crown. Your permanent crown will be fabricated by a dental lab, and in about two weeks you will return to your dentist to have the permanent crown cemented. A crown will repair your chipped tooth and restore your beautiful smile.
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Veneers, like crowns, are also porcelain coverings for the teeth; however, veneers cover only the front of your tooth. Veneers are a great option if you have chipped a tooth several times or you want to enhance the color and shape of your teeth. These restorations can transform your smile and when they’re placed they have a smooth and natural look. The veneer process is also a multi-appointment procedure. There is a lot of planning that goes into enhancing your smile.
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A chipped tooth is a fairly common dental issue. If you are currently dealing with a chipped tooth please contact Thomas L. Anderson and Associates to schedule an appointment at one of our three conveniently located offices.