Have You Chipped a Tooth? Restore the Strength and Beauty of Your Smile
If you stop and think about it, the teeth have a pretty tough job. Throughout the day, the teeth are used to bite and chew various foods. In addition, many people use the teeth for unintended purposes, like biting the nails, opening a bottle, or tearing off price tags. Not surprisingly, considering this wear and tear, many patients chip a tooth at some point in their lifetime. Depending on the size of the chip, these imperfections may compromise the appearance of the smile and affect the strength and health of the tooth. Fortunately restorative dentistry treatments address tooth damage to improve oral strength, while cosmetic dentistry treatment can mask cosmetic blemishes. At the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, our team of experienced dentists offers restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments for chipped teeth to our Troy, MI patients.
Chipped Teeth Treatments
Our dentists realize that every smile is unique and that the needs of each of our patients will be unique. Because of this, we take a personalized approach to dental care. If a patient comes in for chipped teeth treatment, our dentists will consider several treatment options and recommend the technique that will best meet each of their unique needs and desires. Below are the dental treatments that can most successfully address chipped teeth:
- Cosmetic dental bonding: Cosmetic dental bonding is a non-invasive treatment that allows our dentists to quickly and effectively repair a tooth that has suffered a minor chip. Using a tooth-colored dental compound, our dentist can rebuild the portion of tooth that has been chipped off. This material bonds with the natural tooth enamel, blends in seamlessly, and strengthens the tooth to improve oral functions.
- Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment because they are so versatile. Porcelain veneers are extremely thin fabrications that are bonded to the facial surface of the teeth in order to conceal cosmetic blemishes. This treatment is more invasive than dental bonding (it does require slight alteration to the natural teeth) and is more costly as well, so it may not be the best treatment option for a patient who has only suffered a minor chip. However, if additional cosmetic flaws are present, such as tooth discoloration, cracks, or minor alignment problems, then this dental treatment can address all of those concerns at once, making it an excellent option for many patients.
- Dental crowns: Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are great cosmetic dentistry treatments, but some chips require restorative dental treatment. If a chip is severe, it can expose the inner layer of the tooth. This is likely to cause some discomfort, can significantly weaken the tooth, and leaves it vulnerable to infection. In circumstances such as these, a dental crown is a more appropriate treatment option. After reshaping a tooth to eliminate damaged enamel, a dental crown is placed over the tooth to provide a layer of strength and protection.
Schedule an Appointment
At the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, we want each of our patients to walk away with a smile that is healthier, stronger, and more beautiful. This is why we offer a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments that enable us to meet the unique needs of each of our patients. To learn more about our services, or to discuss chipped teeth treatment, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.