Chipped teeth account for a large portion of dental injuries. While most of them can be repaired with a simple cosmetic procedure, others may be exposed to bacteria and internal tooth infection. The weakened tooth structure can also sustain further damage if it isn’t treated promptly. After thoroughly examining your tooth and the rest of your oral health, your dentist can help you choose a treatment that’s best-suited to fix and preserve your chipped tooth, such as a lifelike porcelain dental crown.
Gauging the Tooth’s Damage
The highly-mineralized enamel that protects your teeth is the most resilient substance your body produces, but it isn’t indestructible. Excessive force can cause enamel and the dentin underneath it to chip, crack, fracture, or break. If the damage is confined to the enamel, then your dentist may be able to restore the tooth with a lifelike dental crown or porcelain veneer. In some cases, however, your dentist may have to clean the tooth’s interior to eliminate or prevent an internal infection from destroying the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels.
Fixing the Tooth
A dental crown, or cap, is a replica of the top portion of your tooth, which the crown fits over snugly to improve the tooth’s appearance and integrity. When a tooth is chipped, it can’t repair itself or regrow the damaged structure. Therefore, a dental crown can help protect the weaker tooth from the pressures of biting and chewing. Made from realistic dental porcelain, a crown can also restore the tooth’s appearance and your smile’s overall symmetry.
Fix Your Chipped Tooth with a Personalized Restoration
If your tooth is chipped, then its appearance may not be the only thing affected. To learn how we can fix the tooth with personalized restorative treatment, 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.