A number of factors can cause a tooth to chip. For example, eating something too hard or suffering with dental trauma can lead to a damaged tooth. Regardless of the cause, though, a dentist can typically repair the tooth. To help his patients understand how a chipped tooth is treated, Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake Forest, IL dentist shares this informative blog.
Repairing Your Smile
If you chip your tooth, rinse your mouth with salt water and take an over-the-counter pain reliever to address any aches. Contact Dr. Fondriest immediately to schedule an appointment. Dr. Fondriest offers several options for quality dental repair, including:
Cosmetic Bonding: Dr. Fondriest applies thin layers of a special composite resin to the damaged tooth. The bonding material is shaded to blend with your natural teeth. Cosmetic bonding allows Dr. Fondriest to repair damaged teeth and erase unsightly permanent stains. Dr. Fondriest can also reshape malformed teeth, as well.
Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin shells of special dental porcelain applied to a patient’s front teeth. Porcelain veneers reflect light in a similar manner as tooth enamel, providing natural looking repair. Veneers also straighten misaligned smiles, close gaps between teeth, instantly whiten smiles, and fix chipped or cracked teeth.
Porcelain Crowns: Crowns are caps that fit completely over a damaged tooth. Dr. Fondriest may prescribe crowns for teeth damaged from trauma or tooth decay. Using esthetically pleasing porcelain, your crowns protect and preserve your teeth while providing seamless repair.
An artful aspect of better quality dentistry is achieving an aesthetic goal with the least amount of drilling. Crowns and veneers are the two main cosmetic dental options for transforming your smile.
No Prep Veneers: Similar to porcelain veneers, no prep veneers are much thinner and require little to no enamel loss during placement. Many patients uncomfortable with the idea of losing a layer of enamel as required by porcelain veneers often prefer our no prep alternative.
Learn more about the fantastic cosmetic options for a damaged tooth
Our goal is to give you the best cosmetic dental treatment for you. If you have chipped tooth, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Fondriest. He can examine the chipped tooth to determine the best method of treatment. To schedule an appointment with our Lake Forest, IL dental practice, call (847) 234-0517. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and before-and-after gallery. Dr. Fondriest and his staff welcome patients from Lake Forest and surrounding cities.