Goodbye, Chips: Treatment Options for Chipped Teeth
Chipped teeth can be more than simply a cosmetic problem. They can compromise the structural integrity of a tooth, leading to more serious oral health issues down the road. They can also result from underlying dental problems that need to be treated. Whatever the case, chipped teeth should be taken seriously and treated immediately.
At the cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice of Dr. Peter Hellwig, there are many outstanding treatments available for the treatment of chipped teeth. At his San Diego office, Dr. Hellwig carefully evaluates the mouths of patients and speaks to them about their needs and goals to determine which treatment option is best suited to their particular case. Patients emerge from treatment with their oral health restored and their smiles whole and beautiful once again.
If your smile is affected by one or more chipped teeth, it is important that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Hellwig right away, even if your teeth are not causing you any pain. Eventually your teeth will begin to hurt. Once their structure has been compromised, bacteria, food particles, and other harmful agents will cause the teeth to become further damaged. It is far better to take care of the problem now before you are experiencing any pain. We encourage you to set up your appointment with Dr. Hellwig today.
What are the most common treatments for chipped teeth?
There are several ways to reconstruct teeth that have been chipped. The method that is best suited to your particular case will depend on several factors, including the depth and size of the chip and the location of the tooth in the jaw. Available treatment options include:
- Tooth-colored dental fillings: For chipped side teeth, Dr. Hellwig can use a tooth-colored filling to repair the tooth. Comprising a composite resin material, these dental fillings can last for ten years or longer, but are mercury free and blend in inconspicuously with your smile.
- Inlays and onlays: Inlays and onlays are ceramic restorations that are bonded directly to teeth to fill chips that are too large to support tooth-colored fillings. Inlays repair chips that occur within the cusps of a tooth, while onlays cover one or more of the cusps.
- Dental crowns: For major chips, it may be best to cover the entire tooth with a dental crown. Dental crowns replicate the entire visible surface area of the tooth and protect it from further damage.
- Porcelain veneers: If one of your front teeth is chipped, Dr. Hellwig may recommend a porcelain veneer. Your porcelain veneer will be bonded to the front surface of the chipped tooth and will be customized to complement surrounding natural teeth in terms of color, shape, size, and even texture.
- Dental bonding: Dental bonding involves the application of a composite resin material to a chipped tooth. It is similar in concept to porcelain veneers, but is less expensive.
Learn More about Treatments for Chipped Teeth
To learn more about treatment options for chipped teeth, please contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry office today.