A Look at Some Techniques for Repairing Chipped Teeth
Sports injuries, car accidents, and chewing on ice are all common causes of chipped teeth. Chipped teeth are problems that are frequently treated by dentists. Luckily, if you’ve suffered one or more chipped teeth in Houston, there are several cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques that your dentist can use to repair the damage.
Many chipped, broken, and cracked teeth can be repaired with composite dental bonding. This procedure is often painless and rarely requires an anesthetic. To perform this treatment, your dentist will begin by roughening the surface of your tooth on and around the damage to provide a better surface to which the bond will adhere. Next, she will apply a conditioning liquid that will bond the composite material to your tooth. Then, your dentist will apply the composite bonding material and shape it to fill the chip and reconstruct the original shape of your tooth. Finally, your dentist will use a light to harden and secure the bond.
Veneers are made from a porcelain material and are used to cover the visible part of a tooth. If you and your dentist decide that veneers are the best solution for your chipped tooth, she will remove a thin layer of enamel from your damaged tooth and then take an impression, from which a veneer will be formed. You will wear a temporary veneer while the permanent one is fabricated. Once your veneer is ready, your dentist will bond it to the front of your damaged tooth.
If the chip on your tooth is severe, or if the damage is causing you pain, your dentist will probably suggest a crown. These common restorative treatments look and function like natural teeth, but fit over the remaining healthy tooth structure like a cap. For this type of tooth repair, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing enough of the structure for the crown to fit. Then, your dentist will take impressions of your tooth, from which your crown will be shaped. You will wear a temporary until the permanent crown is ready to be bonded to your tooth.
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