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What To Do When You Get A Chipped Tooth

posted March 24th, 2020

Have you broken your tooth? Even the slightest chip could dramatically alter your appearance, particularly at the front of the month and, in some cases, have a bigger impact on your oral health. If you’ve suffered a broken tooth then you should have it repaired or seen to as soon as possible to prevent any problems from escalating.

Through a discussion with your dentist, there are a number of possible treatments available to you to restore your broken tooth. These include:

Treatments For A Broken Tooth

#1 Composite Bonding

One of the most common ways of repairing a chipped tooth is to have a composite or white filling. This is where the dentist applies a tooth-coloured putty to your tooth and sticks to the tooth using a bond or glue to fix it to your teeth. The white filling is then polished and smoothed so that it matches the rest of your teeth and fits in with your natural smile.

#2 Veneers

A more permanent (and potentially more expensive) option to rectify a broken tooth is a veneer. These are false nail type covers for your teeth that are bonded to the front of your teeth and can a long time if looked after well. Available in several materials, a porcelain veneer is the most common used in treatment.

#3 Crowns

If your broken tooth is causing severe pain to eat and drink, then you may need to turn to a crown treatment. The crown covers your tooth and prevents further damage. As it’s cemented to the part of your tooth that is left, the crown is a permanent solution to fix your problem and looks just like a natural tooth.

#4 Dental Implants

If the damage to your tooth is extensive and you need it removed, then a dental implant may be a treatment option for you. This dental implant made of titanium is a tiny screw inserted into the jaw and a tooth-like crown is placed on top. A dental implant is often the best option for a missing tooth. It will replace the missing tooth, preventing damage to your mouth and protecting your bite from being affected in the long-term.

Why Shouldn’t I Delay Getting A Broken Tooth Fixes?

There are a number of reasons you should seek immediate treatment for a chipped tooth. These include:

  • Minimising further damage. A chipped tooth is weak to further damage and, if the crack goes beyond the gum line you risk having to have the whole tooth removed.
  • Restoring confidence. The appearance of a chipped tooth can have a huge impact on your confidence and transform your smile. Getting it rectified as quickly as possible is important to many individuals, particularly if they need to book treatment ahead.
  • To check your oral health. Weak teeth can be a sign of underlying oral health issues, so it’s best to get your teeth examined by a professional.

Book Your Broken Tooth Treatment Today

At Bite Dentistry we understand the importance of working with a trusted professional when you’ve suffered a chipped tooth. Our quick and effective dental service uses the latest treatments to offer a variety of solutions for your broken tooth. Get seen to quickly and enjoy the peace of mind that you’re receiving outstanding care and support. Find out more today and book your consultation by calling us on 0131 228 4030 or filling in our contact form, here.

Dr. Eimear O'Connell

BDS (Edin, 1992) MFGDP
DipImpDent RCS Ed FFGDP

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