Chipped teeth are a fairly common problem. Although the teeth are strong and durable, there are many factors that can lead to a chipped tooth. Anything from an oral injury, to biting down on a hard candy, to a general wearing down of the tooth’s enamel could lead to a portion of a patient’s tooth chipping off. Fortunately, Dr. Roni Berbari offers several treatments for chipped teeth at his Montreal, QC practice, including cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments to rebuild tooth enamel and strengthen the structure of the tooth. Dr. Berbari is happy to discuss each of these options with his patients in further detail so that they know which treatment is best for their unique circumstances.
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
Not all cases of chipped teeth are severe. In fact, many patients experience the loss of only a small portion of the tooth. Still, it is important to treat even a minor chip because it can greatly impact the appearance of the smile, and will also make the tooth weaker and more vulnerable to further injury. When chips are minor, cosmetic dentistry treatments can often provide patients with the results they desire. The two most common cosmetic dentistry treatments for chipped teeth are dental bonding and porcelain veneers.
- Dental bonding: Dental bonding is a non-invasive treatment that is quick and affordable, yet highly effective. Dr. Berbari can repair a chipped tooth through a dental bonding procedure by applying a dental compound to the tooth, shaping it so that it replaces the tooth enamel that has chipped off, and then hardening it so that it bonds to the tooth and strengthens it.
- Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are very thin fabrications that are bonded to the facial surface of the teeth. These are a more costly cosmetic dentistry treatment and do require the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel. If a single chipped tooth is the only cosmetic flaw that is present, this may not be the ideal treatment, but if other blemishes exist (such as discoloration, cracks, or minor alignment problems), then porcelain veneers can address all of these issues through a single treatment.
Restorative Dentistry Treatment
A more severe chip will probably require restorative dentistry treatment. This is necessary if the inner layer of the tooth becomes exposed as a result of the chip. A restorative treatment will strengthen the tooth and protect it so that more serious dental complications do not develop. The most appropriate restorative dentistry treatment for a chipped tooth is a dental crown. A dental crown surrounds a damaged tooth on all sides to rebuild its structure and provide a protective barrier between bacteria and the inner layer of the tooth.
If you have suffered from a chipped tooth, dental treatment can enhance the strength of the tooth as well as the beauty of the smile. To learn more about the chipped tooth treatments offered at Dr. Roni Berbari’s dental practice, contact us at your earliest convenience.