Before you read any further, we want to say the best thing to do about a chipped tooth is prevent it from ever happening. That means working with your dentist to obtain an effective mouthguard for those who play sports, and breaking bad habits like using teeth to open packages for everyone. Even careful parents and their children can suffer an accident that chips a tooth. The good news is your Southlake, TX family dentist has tooth chip solutions.
Immediate Care in an Emergency
If the chip is large or painful, it qualifies as a dental emergency. Gather up any pieces that you can, and call our office for further instructions. We may need to see the injured person in a few hours or the same day, and we can help you with suggestions to be more comfortable in the meantime.
Dental Bonding Can Fix A Chip
The in-office process of dental bonding can fix small chips that mar a smile. This process is suitable for any age, and often does not require numbing the area, or sedation for the patient. In the process of dental bonding, a special resin is color-matched to the surrounding tooth, and carefully applied to fill out the missing area. The resin hardens quickly and can then be carefully shaped and polished to return the chipped tooth to a whole state.
Other Chipped Tooth Options
Depending on the size and location of the chip, other processes can also be beneficial.
A dental crown may be the best solution for a large chip, or a chip on a molar (which will be subject to the extreme stresses of chewing). A crown entirely covers an injured tooth, preserving the healthy root, but supporting the damaged tooth surface.
Procelain veneers can mask a chipped tooth, by covering the front of the tooth with a custom crafted shell of ideal shape, color and size.
Contouring is a procedure that removes a small amount of the tooth to smooth out a chipped tooth so it blends in with the rest of the the teeth.
If You or Your Child Has Chipped a Tooth, Make A Dental Appointment Right Away
Chipped teeth don’t have to remain a permanent part of a smile. Gregory Wright, DDS and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.