Chipped teeth are a frustrating and sometimes painful problem that leaves us with pointed, jagged teeth, large gaps where you can see the gums, or generally crooked and unpleasant-looking teeth. It is important to get a chipped tooth repaired with general dentistry, as it can cause other problems than just the aesthetic, such as difficulty eating certain foods. There is also the tendency for food items to get wedged in the gap so it causes pain and damage to your gums. Over time an already fractured tooth is also likely to break further unless intervention is utilized. A nerve can eventually become exposed when the tooth breaks down, resulting in pain and sensitivity to hot and cold while eating or drinking.
Repairs to Cracked or Broken Teeth
Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth depends on the severity of the damage. If only a small piece of enamel broke off, the repair can usually be done simply in one office visit. A badly damaged or broken tooth may require a more lengthy and costly procedure. Here are some ways a dentist may repair a broken or chipped tooth. If you have chipped off just a small piece, your dentist may repair the damage with a filling. The dentist will likely use a procedure called bonding, which is a tooth-colored composite resin.
Bonding is a simple procedure that may or may not require numbing the tooth. To bond a tooth, the dentist first roughens its surface with a liquid or gel to make the bonding material adhere in a proper manner. Next, the dentist applies an adhesive material to the tooth followed by a tooth colored resin. A special ultraviolet light is used to cure, or harden, each layer of the dental material used.
If you have a concern that one or more of your teeth may be broken, contact Manhattan Dental Design today so we can help!