Chipped Teeth Repairs
Chipped teeth are a common problem, but there are a few ways dentists can repair them. Repairing a chipped tooth is the best option because it’s much easier and cheaper than having a crown or veneer put on that tooth. There are two popular techniques for repairing chipped teeth. One of them is bonding, which is a process that can fix chipped teeth by attaching a resin material to the tooth. Another option for repairing chipped teeth is dental crowns, which are coverings that are placed on top of your natural teeth.
Bonding repairs to chipped teeth
Bonding is often the preferred method because it’s fast and easy to do. It works best for small chips or cracks in your teeth because it requires very little preparation to make room for the putty-like resin material called composite resin. Your dentist first cleans off any surface stains from your tooth and then applies a protective layer to prevent further decay before placing an adhesive over the entire chip or crack. It usually only takes one visit, but it may take up to two weeks for the bonding material to fully harden.
Bonding may save you money over dental crowns because most insurance companies cover costs associated with repairing chipped teeth. Dentists can also use this method on children’s front baby teeth since they’re not permanent and don’t need to last a lifetime.
Crown repairs to chipped teeth
Dental Crowns repair chipped teeth in as little as one visit but may require multiple visits for the actual tooth preparation. Dental crowns are an option if you have a larger chip or crack in your tooth. They look like caps and fit over the entire damaged area of your tooth so that it can be repaired with very little preparation required, which is why this method speeds up the process when compared to bonding. But depending on how much surface area needs to be built up for a good fit and appearance, preparations can take longer than bonding. For example: grinding down too much natural tooth at the initial appointment will leave an open margin between the crown and tooth. For cosmetic reasons, most patients prefer to have this gap filled when doing repairs on chipped teeth. This means more time is needed for finishing procedures at a second appointment.
Crowns are also stronger than bonding material because they’re made of porcelain or resin-and-porcelain materials that mimic natural enamel in color and appearance, so they can be used on front teeth. These materials usually last for many years without needing any repair or replacement unless there’s excessive wear from biting down on hard objects like pens or fingernails.
Repairing a chipped tooth with dental crowns is often the best choice if you want to keep your original tooth structure intact (which is usually the case for front teeth). But if you’re looking to save your natural tooth and avoid post-surgery appearance, bonding is a better choice since it doesn’t require as many steps and appointments.
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If you have a chip or crack in your front or back tooth, contact us to set up an appointment for your free consultation. We promise that you will always receive personalized care and individual attention from an experienced dentist.