Chipped Tooth Repair
“Help! I Chipped My Tooth”
Cincinnati Dentist Dr. Scott Malavich D.D.S. Can Repair Your Chipped Teeth
The treatment for a chipped tooth will be determined by the severity of the damage. When a small piece of the tooth breaks off, a qualified dentist can usually repair the tooth in one visit. The dentist will examine the tooth to be sure that the damage is not more extensive than a chip.
Repairing a chipped tooth
The most likely repair for a tooth that is chipped is to utilize a filling. However, if the tooth can be seen when you smile, the dentist will probably use a process called bonding. This process uses a composite resin that is tooth-colored. Bonding is a simple process, and typically the tooth does not require numbing.
To bond the chipped tooth, the dentist etches the surface of the tooth so the bonding material will adhere to it. The purpose of the etching, which does not harm the tooth, is to roughen it so the bonding material will adhere to it more easily. After the etching is finished, the dentist will apply an adhesive material to the tooth. Next, a tooth-colored resin will be applied. The dentist will shape the bonding material to look just like the tooth. Finally, the bonding material will be hardened by an ultraviolet light.
This process restores the tooth to its original appearance and strength.
Repairing chipped teeth with decay
When a large piece of the tooth breaks off, or the tooth has a lot of decay, the procedure will be different. The dentist may need to grind part of the tooth away. In this instance, a tooth-shaped cap or a crown will need to be made in order to improve appearance and protect the tooth.
Repairing a chipped front tooth
The repair process is different when a front tooth is chipped. A dental veneer will be used to restore the tooth its whole and healthy appearance. A dental veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored porcelain or a resin material that covers the entire front of the tooth with a stronger material.
Chipped Tooth Repair In Cincinnati
It is important to get to the dentist as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary delays, which could result in additional dental problems. If you have a chipped tooth, contact Scott Malavich, DDS of Malavich Family Dental in Sharonville Ohio today – serving Springdale, Evendale, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.