A chipped tooth is one of the most common dental issues. If you or your child experiences a chipped tooth, there is no need to be alarmed. At Lincoln Center Smiles, Dr.Brian Saklofsky, DMD and can treat your chipped tooth the right way.
Treating a Chipped Tooth
When you come to our office, we will diagnose the condition of your tooth by performing a visible inspection of your mouth. We will also determine what caused the chipping and inquire about your symptoms before recommending a customized treatment plan.
In some cases, a very minor chip may be treated by smoothing and polishing the tooth enamel. In case of more extensive tooth chips, we may recommend the following treatment:
This procedure involves applying a mixture of composite resin or ceramic to the chipped area and then molding it in the form of your original tooth. We may use ultraviolet light to dry and harden the bonding material and polish it until it matches the rest of your tooth.
With proper care, a bonding can last you for 10 years.
A porcelain veneer is a custom-fitted shell of porcelain made to fit your tooth exactly. Before placing the veneer, we will need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to accommodate the restoration.
We will then create an impression of the chipped tooth and send it to a dental lab to create a veneer based on that. Once the veneer is ready, we will bond it to your tooth.
Veneers can last up to 15 years or even more with proper care.
If a chip is large in size, we may recommend you get a dental filling.
We will administer an anesthesia and then shape the cavity to receive the filling. The filling material may be amalgam, porcelain or resin. We will apply the filling to your tooth in layers.
A dental filling may last you for 10 to 15 years with proper care.
Root Canal Therapy
If a large part of your tooth has been chipped and the damage extends to the soft dental pulp inside your tooth, we may have to perform a root canal therapy. We will make a small hole in your tooth and remove the inflamed pulp and dead nerve from the tooth. We will then clean the chamber and then fill and reseal it to prevent reinfection.
The tooth will then be shaped and a dental crown will be placed upon it.
With good care, a dental crown may last your for up to 25 years or even more.
Treatment of a chipped tooth depends on the severity, symptoms, and location of the chipping. Unless your chipped tooth causes pain that is interfering with your ability to eat or sleep, it is not a dental emergency.
However, you still need to get it checked out by us to avoid further damage and infection. To schedule a consultation, call us at (971) 317-9499 today.
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