A chipped tooth can affect more than just the appearance of a smile. It can be an indication of oral health problems on the horizon. Once a tooth is structurally compromised, it is vulnerable to further damage, which can lead to excruciating pain and costly treatment down the road. If you have a chipped tooth, it truly is best to have it taken care of now, even if it isn’t causing you any immediate problems.
Fortunately, modern restorative dentistry offers a number of highly effective treatments for chipped teeth. At one point, repairing a chipped tooth might have meant sacrificing the aesthetic appeal of your smile by filling your mouth with conspicuous metal. Those days, thankfully, are long gone. At University Dental Arts, Dr. David Redford and his team use only the finest materials to restore damaged teeth to their former glory. Dr. Redford offers a comprehensive range of treatment options for chipped teeth at his Denver, CO cosmetic dentistry practice, all of which leave patients with smiles that are as attractive as they are healthy.
If you have one or more chipped teeth, don’t wait another day to seek treatment. Schedule your initial appointment at University Dental Arts, and make your smile whole once again.
How Does Dr. Redford Treat Chipped Teeth?
Before he can treat a chipped tooth, Dr. Redford must first determine how the chip occurred. Was it the result of trauma or injury, or did it occur due to an underlying oral health issue? How severe is the chip? How badly damaged is the tooth enamel and the dentin that lies beneath the enamel? If there are issues that must be tended to before restoring the tooth, they must be identified first and foremost.
For small chips that affect the front teeth, it may be possible simply to conceal the tooth using one of two methods:
- Porcelain veneers: Crafted from the highest-quality porcelain, veneers are layered onto the front surfaces of teeth to conceal chips and other aesthetic flaws. Like enamel, porcelain is translucent, meaning that it allows some light to pass through its surface, so it looks remarkably natural.
- Dental bonding: A cost-efficient alternative to porcelain veneers, dental bonding involves the application of a composite resin material to the surface of a chipped tooth. When this material hardens, it is sculpted and polished to resemble a natural tooth.
For chips that affect the side and back teeth, the treatment used will depend on the size and severity of the chip:
- For smaller chips, a tooth-colored, composite resin filling will be used.
- For moderate chips that occur within the protruding cusps of a tooth, a ceramic inlay will be used.
- For moderate chips that extend to one or more of the protruding cusps of a tooth, a ceramic onlay will be used.
- For chips too large to support a filling, an inlay, or an onlay, the entire tooth will be covered by a dental crown.
Learn More about Treatments for Chipped Teeth
To learn more about treatments for chipped teeth, please contact University Dental Arts today.