When your tooth is damaged, the threat it poses to your oral health depends on how severe it is. For instance, if your tooth is broken or seriously fractured, then it may need to be completely restored with a custom-designed dental crown. In some cases, however, a tooth can be noticeably chipped and yet not require such extensive restoration. If your tooth is chipped, then your dentist may be able to improve its structure and appearance with a more conservative option, such as cosmetic tooth bonding or a porcelain veneer.
Bond Your Chipped Tooth
Tooth bonding is one of the more popular cosmetic dental options because it can be used for a wide variety of issues. Your dentist will use tooth-colored composite resin, which will be tinted to closely match the color and shade of your tooth, to build up the part of your tooth that has been chipped off. The resin is bonded to the tooth’s structure and then sculpted to match your tooth’s ideal contour. Then, your dentist will harden and polish the resin, making it strong, durable, and lifelike in appearance.
Rebuild the Tooth with a Veneer
If your tooth is chipped in an area where bonding may not be the best option, your dentist might suggest a custom-designed porcelain veneer, instead. A veneer is made from highly lifelike dental porcelain, which is also used to create realistic dental crowns. The material is not only tinted to your tooth’s color, but also designed to reflect light the same way your natural tooth enamel does. The veneer will be carefully designed to mimic the front surface of your tooth, and then bonded permanently to your tooth to improve your tooth’s appearance.
Fix Your Chipped Tooth with Cosmetic Dentistry
If your tooth is chipped, then you may be able to fix it with a custom, conservative cosmetic treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.