A chipped tooth can be subtle and often happens on the chewing surfaces of back molars that are not seen by others when you smile. Occasionally, however, teeth are chipped in the front, completely changing your appearance. No matter where the chipped tooth happens in your mouth, you should get it checked by your dentist to see what kind of treatment is recommended. The Temecula dentists at the Oasis Family Dental will tell you more about potential fixes when you chip a tooth.
If you chip a substantial piece of any tooth, your Temecula dentists will probably recommend a dental crown (also known as a cap) to seal and restore your damaged tooth. The goal is to attain restorative function and cosmetic appearance at the same time. Dental crowns either made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, composite resin, or ceramic. Crowns made with metal have an advantage of strength, but have fallen out of fashion with the advent of more and stronger tooth-colored material options. Porcelain and composite-resin crowns are color-matched and shaped to look nearly identical to your natural teeth, which makes this the ideal choice for chipped front teeth.
Smaller tooth chips require smaller fixes, or may even be left under observation rather than requiring an immediate fix. Some chips are fixed by buffing with an abrasive. Others are easily repaired by a basic filling. Front teeth will, again, require cosmetic considerations. Dental bonding is one simple fix which is a great choice for visible teeth because of the ability to blend and color-match the material to the existing tooth structure and surrounding teeth. Once the bonding material hardens, your tooth should appear and function as if there had never been a chip.
Chipped Teeth Fixed by Temecula Dentists
Our dentists in Temecula have several options to help patients who chip a tooth. If you are in need of any of our comprehensive dentistry services, contact our 92591 dental office by calling (951) 695-2290 to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Temecula and all surrounding communities.