3 Ways to Fix a Chipped Tooth
If you are like most people, you’ll probably chip a tooth at some point in your life. Either you’ll hit your tooth against something hard, take a tumble, or constant wear will break down a soft spot on a tooth. When it happens to you, you should take heart knowing that at Dentistry by Doctor Kaplansky, we offer options to restore your smile so you can show it off again with confidence.
Contact our Gasport, NY dental office to find out how cosmetic dentistry can repair a chipped tooth in just an appointment or two!
For the most part, the treatment we recommend for a chipped tooth will depend on the extent of the damage to the tooth. For a small or minor chip on the corner of a tooth, dental bonding might be enough to make the repair in just one visit to our dental office.
We use the same composite material for bonding that we do for tooth-colored dental fillings. You can depend on dental bonding to be a durable, reliable way to fix a chip.
When there is more extensive damage to a tooth, dental bonding might not be enough, and Dr. Kaplansky may recommend a dental crown. If you have a tooth with a very large chip, or if one of your back molars is showing signs of fracture because of an old filling that covered most of the tooth, a dental crown will restore the form and function of your smile.
Our dental crowns are customized to match your other teeth so it blends in seamlessly for a natural look.
Dental crowns usually require two visits to our office: We’ll make the mold of your tooth structure in the first visit and cement the custom-made crown to the tooth in the second visit.
If you have a bad chip on the front teeth, we might recommend veneers. We can use a single veneer to fix one tooth, or you might opt for veneers on all of your front teeth for a complete restoration. These ultra-thin tooth covers can hide a number of issues with your teeth beyond a chip. Gaps, misalignment, and stained teeth can be made beautiful again with the artistry of veneers.
This cosmetic dentistry procedure takes about two visits to our Gasport, NY dental office. We’ll prepare your teeth to receive the veneers in the first visit, then place the veneers after they have been custom fabricated for you at the lab.