A chipped tooth can certainly affect the aesthetic appeal of your smile. However, any time the structural integrity of a tooth is compromised and left untreated, that tooth is vulnerable to further damage. As a result, you could find yourself with far more than simply cosmetic problems on your hands. Eventually, you could require more extensive restorative dentistry treatments such as a dental bridge or an implant-supported crown.
As with most oral health issues, it is best to treat a chipped tooth as soon as possible, when it can most easily be remedied. Dr. Toni Sartini offers a variety of treatment options for chipped teeth at her Palmyra, IN cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice. Each of these treatments can be customized to the unique needs and aesthetic goals of the individual patient. Ultimately, patients emerge from treatment with their smiles and their oral health whole and intact once again.
If you have one or more chipped teeth, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sartini and find out which treatment option is best suited to your particular case today.
How Does Dr. Sartini Treat Chipped Teeth?
First, Dr. Sartini examines the mouth and determines the extent of the chip and its underlying cause. She will then recommend the most suitable treatment based on her analysis as well as the goals of the patient.
The treatment options available for the treatment of chipped teeth include:
Tooth-colored dental fillings: For chipped side and back teeth, Dr. Sartini can fill the chip using a composite resin material matched to the color of the natural tooth. Not only are tooth-colored dental fillings more aesthetically pleasing than their silver amalgam counterparts, but they also compare favorably in terms of their strength, durability, and longevity.
Inlays and onlays: If the chip in a side or back tooth is too large for a tooth-colored dental filling to be a viable option, but not large enough to necessitate a dental crown, then Dr. Sartini may recommend an inlay or an onlay. An inlay is a custom-crafted ceramic restoration that is bonded within the cusps of a tooth, while an onlay extends to one or more of the cusps.
Dental crowns: For relatively large chips that weaken the whole tooth, Dr. Sartini will cover its entire visible surface area with a dental crown. A dental crown protects and reinforces the remaining natural tooth while preventing the chip from causing further damage.
Porcelain veneers: If one of your front teeth is chipped, Dr. Sartini may recommend a porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth to hide chips and other aesthetic flaws. They are custom-crafted to complement surrounding teeth in terms of color, shape, size, and even texture.
Dental bonding: Dental bonding involves the application of a composite resin material to the front surfaces of teeth, which allows Dr. Sartini to conceal chips and other cosmetic imperfections. This procedure offers an excellent, cost-efficient alternative to porcelain veneers.
Learn More about Treatments for Chipped Teeth
If you would like to learn more about treatment options for chipped teeth, please contact the cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice of Dr. Toni Sartini today.