A “chipped” tooth is one of the more common conditions we see here at Delmarva Dental Services. Fortunately, there are a number of effective solutions for fixing chipped teeth and restoring dental health, function, and smile aesthetics. The two most popular options are:
Porcelain veneers are often the recommended solution for teeth that have been cosmetically compromised by a chip or fracture, but are healthy in most other respects. A custom-crafted dental restoration made of a strong porcelain material is securely placed over the front and side areas of the affected tooth. This “shell” is color-matched to surrounding teeth and is designed to look as natural as possible, ultimately making it appear as though the tooth had never been damaged at all. Since porcelain veneers are primarily cosmetic dental treatments, a tooth that is damaged to a point that it could endanger dental health or make it difficult to chew or speak normally may be better-suited to a dental crown (described below); however, veneers have proven to be exceptionally versatile treatment options and can be advantageous for a variety of common concerns. Plus, they can last decades as long as they are properly taken care of with good oral hygiene routines and routine dental check-ups.
Dental crowns are also categorized as “dental restorations,” and they can be an effective remedy for chipped teeth. The main distinction between a dental crown and a porcelain veneer is that a crown covers the entire tooth rather than just a portion of it. This is because a dental crown is designed to not only improve a tooth’s appearance, but also its health and functionality. A chip that is quite deep and severe can make the tooth vulnerable to decay and further deterioration. In those cases, a dental crown may be recommended to reinforce the tooth’s structure, protect it from further damage, and enhance its appearance. Dental crowns can be made of a variety of materials, including color-tinted porcelain, which helps enhance the strength and longevity of the restoration while providing a natural look.
If you would like to learn more about effective options for fixing a chipped tooth, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, please contact our practice today!