Chipped Teeth An Overview
A chipped tooth may seem like a minor cosmetic dental concern, but left untreated could escalate into more advanced dental problems. Chipped teeth are more susceptible to infection, breakage, or even tooth loss.
The enamel is the first line of defense to protect the inner layers of a tooth. It covers your teeth and is the hardest, most mineralized tissue in the body, which is why it is very important to protect your enamel, especially since it does have limits. Enamel cannot grow back. Once it is gone, the inner layers of your teeth are exposed and at risk for many dental issues. If you have a broken tooth or chipped a tooth, Plano TX dentist Dr. Mark Sowell can repair or replace it.
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Chipped Teeth What to Expect
Our Plano dentist office offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures to repair a chipped tooth. Each situation is unique depending on esthetic concerns and stability of the tooth’s structure. Once a tooth is lost, 30% of the supporting bone is also typically lost. This requires additional considerations to achieve an ideal esthetic result.
Dental Treatments for Chipped Teeth
How we treat a broken or chipped tooth depends on how severely it is damaged. If a small piece has broken off, the chipped tooth repair can usually be completed in one office visit. A badly damaged or severely broken tooth may require longer treatment or a more costly procedure. Dr. Sowell’s solutions for chipped teeth or a cracked tooth include:
Dental filling – Dr. Sowell uses a tooth colored filling material that will blend perfectly with the chipped tooth protecting it from further issues. Dental fillings are simple procedures that can be completed in a single visit.
Tooth bonding – Dental bonding provides an added layer of protection to the repaired tooth and offers a more esthetic result. Dental bonding involves a plastic resin being placed on the tooth and molded into the proper shape. It can be completed in a single visit, instantly correcting the chipped tooth.
Porcelain dental crowns – Permanent dental crowns are made of bonded ceramic materials and are for a severely damaged tooth. The crown is like a thin veneer that goes all the way around the tooth and fits like a cap. We do not use metal in our crowns.
Porcelain dental veneers – These ultra-thin outer shells can straighten and beautify your front teeth and smile. Porcelain veneers cover the front and sides of the tooth and are permanently bonded into place. Teeth veneers feel completely natural in your mouth and provide an instant fix for a chipped tooth.
Root canal – If the root has been exposed or infected by the chipped tooth, a root canal may be necessary to repair and save the tooth. A root canal is a procedure that goes inside the tooth to remove the infected tissue and then filled to give the tooth strength.
Schedule a Consultation
At Sowell Sensational Smiles, you’ll discover many solutions for a chipped or cracked tooth. Just like thousands of your friends and neighbors throughout Plano, Dallas, Frisco and Southlake County. Call now for a complimentary consultation at or request an appointment online.