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Chipped a Tooth? A Cosmetic Dentist Explains Your Treatment Options

October 16, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drsboyd @ 7:09 pm
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Chipped a front tooth? Whether it was due to an accident, a sports mishap, or that hard piece of candy you bit into, you may find that your smile doesn’t look quite as good as it used to. Fortunately, your cosmetic dentist in Midtown East has the expertise needed to restore your tooth’s appearance and function. Let’s talk about some of your treatment options.

Cosmetic Bonding

During the dental bonding procedure, your dentist molds a tooth-colored composite resin over your damaged pearly white and then hardens it with a special light. The result is a repaired tooth that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Cosmetic bonding offers a few significant advantages:

  • It is one of the most affordable ways to repair a chipped tooth.
  • Often, the procedure can be completed in a single appointment.
  • You can expect the bonding to last for 4 – 8 years.

A Porcelain Veneer

A porcelain veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that your dentist permanently attaches to the front of your tooth, disguising the chip and restoring your smile’s uniform appearance. It usually takes two appointments to complete the procedure. At the first appointment, the dentist prepares the tooth and takes some impressions of your mouth. At the second appointment, you receive the veneer.

Here are the most outstanding benefits that porcelain veneers in Midtown East offer:

  • They may last for 10 – 15 years or longer before they need to be replaced.
  • Porcelain is resistant to stains, so you can expect it to maintain its luster for a long time.
  • Porcelain is tougher than dental bonding and less likely to break.

A Crown

A porcelain crown is similar to a veneer, but it provides more extensive protection for your tooth; rather than covering just the front of your broken pearly white, it shields the entire visible portion of the tooth. This treatment option may be best for you if the damage to your tooth was so severe that a crown is necessary to protect you against extreme sensitivity or an increased risk of infection. A crown can fit in well with the rest of your smile and provide you with a natural look and strong bite.

Is Okay to Do Nothing?

When you chip a front tooth, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible so they can determine whether the break endangers the sensitive inner parts of your tooth, such as the pulp. If the chip is purely a cosmetic issue, whether or not you should fix it is a personal decision. However, bear in mind that a chipped tooth may have jagged edges that could irritate the soft tissues in your mouth.

You shouldn’t have to put up with the embarrassment and inconvenience of a chipped tooth. Why not visit your dentist to learn more about your options for getting your grin back up to its full potential?

About Drs. Boyd

The five talented dentists in our practice are passionate about both the science and artistry of caring for patients’ smiles. If you would like to learn more about how one of our doctors may be able to repair your chipped tooth, contact us at 212-755-9055.

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