Thursday, March 12, 2020

Chipped Tooth?

The majority of us will chip a tooth at some point during our life, and if you have done so already, you know that it can be a painful and a hassle.

Luckily there are a few options for fixing a chipped tooth:
  • Dental Bonding - If the chipped tooth is very minimal, dental bonding (filling) can do the trick! Typically this doesn't require numbing and can be fixed in one visit. 
  • Crowns - Crowns are usually needed for significant chips. This option usually takes two appointments. The first appointment the dentist will take an impression of the tooth and they will send you home with a temporary crown while the real crown is made. At the second appointment,  your dentist will cement on the permanent crown.
  • Veneers - These are thin porcelain shells that are attached to the natural tooth, to improve the appearance of your smile. Some people opt to fix just the chipped tooth but others choose to get veneers on all of their front teeth. Veneers usually take two appointments. The first appointment your dentist will reshape (trim the enamel) your natural tooth, take impressions and color match your teeth. Your dentist may or may not send you home with temporary veneers. At the second appointment, which will be about 2-4 weeks later your dentist will cement the permanent veneers on. 
Always ask your dentist for their professional opinion on which option is the best for you!

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