What Are the Best Options for Fixing a Chipped Tooth?
Whether from crunching on ice or if you forgot to wear a mouth guard while playing a sport, people may find themselves with chips and fractures in their teeth. If you’ve chipped a tooth, you should take care of a chipped tooth right away in order to prevent infection and further damage.
The first thing you should do is call Indy Dental Health to schedule a visit. While at your visit, we will examine the chipped tooth and come up with the best treatment option which will depend on the extent of the damage.
If the crack or breakage extends below the gum line, then it’s necessary to replace the whole tooth with a dental implant. We extract the tooth and a replacement post is implanted in the jaw. The post is then covered with a porcelain crown. Dental Implants provide a very secure way to replace lost or unsalvageable teeth.
This procedure takes two visits. During the first, your dentist will place the titanium post. After a few months, during which the post fuses with the jawbone, a crown is placed on the abutment.
A dental bond replaces a missing portion of the tooth with a hard resin material. During the procedure, Dr Fraiz will etch the fractured surface with a gel to help the resin bond to it. An adhesive is then applied, and the resin is placed. Dr Fraiz will then artistically sculpt and polish the resin to fit naturally with the rest of your teeth and thereafter cure it with ultraviolet light, completing the bond.
The procedure can be performed in a single visit and doesn’t require the use of anesthetics. Bonds are used to patch up smaller breakages.
In instances where a larger portion of the tooth has broken off, you may get a crown. Your dentist begins by filing away part of the remaining tooth structure. The structure is then built up with filling material to hold a crown. After taking an impression of the tooth and its opposing tooth, a crown is fashioned from strong porcelain material and placed onto the tooth.
If you have a fractured, cracked, or chipped tooth, Dr. Fraiz will help restore your smile with the best treatment for your situation.