Did you know that fractures are one of the leading causes of tooth loss? A chipped tooth may seem minor, but it should be taken seriously and treated as soon as possible. Most people will make the effort of visiting the dentist if the fracture occurs at the front of the mouth, but it’s just as important even if the fracture happens further back.
Chipped front tooth bonding is commonly used to fix even a slightly chipped tooth. Below, you’ll learn how to determine whether you have a chipped tooth, the different types of fractures that can occur, and how bonding can help.
While it may be difficult to determine the status of your tooth in certain cases, you should schedule an appointment with the dentist if you notice any of these symptoms:
A chipped tooth cannot be treated at home. The longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to adequately repair the tooth, which is why we advise making a dentist appointment ASAP!
You may have one or more of the following types of fractures. Your dentist will determine a therapeutic treatment based on the nature of the break involved.
Tooth bonding is an effective method for repairing a chipped tooth in many cases. A bonding procedure involves the application of a tooth-colored composite to repair a broken tooth. The dentist will etch the surface with a special gel to prepare it for adhesion with the bonding material. A tooth-colored resin will be applied and shaped to match the tooth exactly. Finally, an ultraviolet light is applied to harden the material, which effectively seals the tooth.
The pros of chipped tooth bonding may include:
The cons of chipped tooth bonding may include:
If you suspect fracture or chipping, it’s best for you to see a dentist right away. No one ever regrets taking care of their teeth when it prevents a major problem from developing in the future. In the case of a chipped tooth, there’s no shortcut other than prompt care. Whether you choose chipped tooth bonding, crowns, or veneers, a variety of treatment options are available that will restore your tooth’s functioning while preserving its appearance. To make an appointment with one of our Penn dentists, please call us at 215-898-7337 today!