Many people choose to ignore chipped teeth because they are unaware of the consequences of not having them repaired or because they worry how restored teeth might look or feel.
Our total commitment to excellence in dentistry, providing the very best that dentistry has to offer ensures that patients receive treatment at the very highest level.
The good news is that broken teeth can not only be saved but also repaired, giving them the same appearance and feel of the original – sometimes even better!
The first thing to determine is whether or not the pulp has been damaged. This is the living part of the tooth; its condition will play a key part in choosing the most appropriate treatment. If a chipped tooth is sensitive, painful, uncomfortable or discoloured, it usually means that the pulp is exposed and that the nerves are vulnerable.
The kinds of chipped teeth are:
- Minor fractures, such as small chips to the biting edges. This can be caused by wear & tear, tooth clenching or grinding habits or minor trauma
- Serious fractures, generally following an accident or trauma to the teeth and fracturing the large proportion of the tooth crown
- Root fractures – these are more serious tooth fractures e.g. horizontal or vertical fractures through the root (often leading to loss of the tooth
We offer several treatment options for repairing chipped teeth; in all cases prompt treatment is advisable and in some cases essential.
Cosmetic contouring is ideal for small chips or fractures, especially on reasonably long teeth. It is a cost-effective, quick and minimally invasive treatment whereby the rough edges are smoothed out.
Direct bonding of the fractured tooth with composite resin produces a natural and aesthetic effect. It is often the preferred technique because the tooth can be rebuilt to its original shape – or better – with a conservative and non-invasive technique.
Porcelain veneers are best if there are multiple chipped teeth or if adjacent teeth are already rebuilt in porcelain. A crown is usually recommended if the teeth are so badly chipped that insufficient tooth structure remains for contouring or bonding.