You know the feeling: You’re crunching a piece of hard candy when you suddenly notice something much harder in your mouth and realize it’s a chunk of broken tooth.
The enamel that covers your teeth is the hardest, most mineralized tissue in the body, but it does have limits. If you have a broken tooth or chipped a tooth, don’t panic. There are many things that dentist Dr. Mark Sowell, a Plano area dentist, can do to repair it – if you see him right away. Otherwise, your tooth could be damaged further.
Solutions for Chipped Teeth in Plano, TX
We offer a wide variety of solutions to repair a chipped tooth, ranging from one chipped or missing tooth to all the teeth. Each situation is unique depending on esthetic demands and the amount of supporting structures lost. Once a tooth is lost, 30% of the supporting bone is also typically lost. This requires additional considerations to achieve an ideal esthetic result.
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 with 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 – Color-matched filling material blends perfectly with the chipped tooth.
- Tooth bonding – Dental bonding provides an added layer of protection to the repaired tooth and offers a more esthetic result.
- Porcelain dental crowns – Permanent 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. We do not use metal in our crowns.
- Porcelain dental veneers – These thin outer shells can straighten and beautify your front teeth and smile.
- Root canal – If the root has been exposed or infected by the cracked tooth, a root canal may be necessary to repair and save the tooth.
Chipped Teeth FAQs
Will a chipped tooth get worse?
A chipped tooth causes loss of bone structure and potentially creates new chips in other teeth. If a chipped tooth is severe enough then it may affect nerve function inside of a tooth.
What happens if you don’t fix a chipped tooth?
If you do not fix a chipped tooth it can cause excess damage to the tooth. Chips in teeth damage dental pulp, which may cause damage to blood vessels, nerves, and tissue. It can also cause infection.
Will a small chipped tooth smooth out?
Small chips in teeth may smooth out over time. Dentists can also use a bond to add to the tooth to disguise any chipping.
Schedule a Dental Exam and Chipped Teeth 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 (972) 382-6855 or request an appointment online.