There are a number of different ways that you can sustain damage to your teeth. Some are painful but not noticeable to others when you smile. Others may not hurt but can be painfully obvious any time you open your mouth. One example of damage that may not hurt but looks bad is a chipped tooth. A tooth can become chipped due to an accident or simply from an everyday activity such as eating. No matter what caused your chipped tooth, the most important thing is to find the best option for getting it repaired. Options for restoring a chipped tooth include composite restoration, porcelain veneers, and porcelain crowns.
Composite tooth restoration
If you get a cavity, you have the option of choosing a tooth-colored resin instead of a dark, amalgam filling. The same composite material can be used for tooth restoration in some cases. A small chip on your tooth may respond well to a repair using composite resin. The severity of the chip and the location of your tooth will both impact whether or not a tooth-colored resin is a good option for chip repair.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the permanent tooth. Veneers are used to make repairs, cover deep discoloration, close gaps, and even reshape teeth. Veneers can also be used to restore a chipped tooth. A well-designed veneer can blend seamlessly with your other teeth. Veneers are minimally invasive and typically only require a small amount of preparation to your teeth. There is also an option for thin prepless veneers, which do not require any type of prep to the surface of your teeth, as long as your teeth meet a certain set of criteria. Veneers can be an effective option for restoring a chipped tooth.
Porcelain crowns are another option for restoring a chipped tooth. Like veneers, crowns can cover and repair a number of different issues. Crowns provide a higher level of coverage for your teeth because they are designed to encapsulate the entire tooth. Since a crown needs to fit all the way around a tooth, more space is required than with veneers. This means that there is more prep work involved if you and your dentist decide that a crown is the best option for restoring your chipped tooth. Because there is a lot of prep work needed, crowns are often only considered if the less invasive options are not possible.
It can be distressing to chip a tooth. Fortunately, there are several options for repairing a chipped tooth that can leave it looking as good as new. The best option for restoring your chipped tooth will depend on several factors including the size and location of the damage. You and your dentist will work together to determine which option is best for you.