One common dental emergency is chipped or broken teeth. You may crack, chip, or break your teeth due to an unforeseen accident or injury. You can exercise caution while playing sports or during any other recreational activities, but it is highly unlikely that you will be able to completely protect yourself from getting hurt or damaging your tooth. If you happen to face such a situation, there are dental options to restore your chipped or broken teeth and restore your smile.
Below are a few dental treatments for chipped or broken teeth.
Dental Bonding or Filling
Depending on the size of the chip, a filling or tooth bonding may be sufficient. The material is usually a tooth colored composite. If the chip is in a high stress area, the filling or bonding may only provide a temporary fix and may need further treatment such as a veneer or crown.
If you have a broken front tooth, then a dental veneer may be an option. Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells which are made of porcelain or composite resin to cover the front surface of your existing tooth to conceal your broken tooth. Dental Veneers are custom-made and therefore designed, crafted, and shaped to blend with the rest of your natural teeth.
If a large piece of tooth is chips or breaks off or if the tooth has a lot of decay, then your dentist might suggest you to restore your tooth with the help of a dental crown. A dental crown acts as a protection to the broken tooth and can be made to closely resemble the adjacent teeth. The dental crowns are made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic. Your dentist may check the condition of your tooth and determine and suggest which crown will be suitable for you.