Have you ever chipped a tooth? Aside from the initial discomfort, a broken tooth can actually boost your chances of developing tooth decay and infections, as well as comprising the integrity of the tooth. However, by repairing the tooth you can enjoy a full and functional smile once again.
Frequently Asked Questions About Repairing Chipped Teeth
Question: Do I need to find the missing parts of my tooth?
Answer: If you can, we recommend recovering the missing pieces of your tooth and bringing them with you to the office. However, don’t be too concerned if this is impossible. We can still repair your tooth should you be unable to find any chips.
Question: What happens if I don’t see the dentist?
Answer: Often, a chip is severe enough to penetrate the enamel and expose the layers of dentin below. This inner tooth structure is vulnerable to bacteria, causing decay to form. Without treatment, a cavity can spread until bacteria reaches the inner pulp and causes an infection or potential abscess to form. If you don’t see a dentist, then you put your smile at risk of suffering uncomfortable cavities and dental infections.
Question: What is dental bonding?
Answer: With dental bonding, we place several layers of a composite material onto your tooth. We cure the material with a special light and sculpt the tooth in the process. In the end, your tooth appears whole and the material blends with surrounding structure.
Question: Will I need a dental crown?
Answer: If a tooth is too damaged to qualify for dental bonding, then you may benefit from a dental crown. Made from a lifelike porcelain, our crowns fit over the visible portion of the tooth. Your tooth looks natural and the remaining structure is protected from further decay or infection.
ABOUT YOUR CORONA DENTIST:
With offices throughout Riverside Country, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley, Riverside Dental Group is happy to provide advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our office today at (951) 689-5031.