If you’ve ever experienced it, you know it’s a terrible feeling to break part of your tooth. Tooth enamel is one of the durable structures in your body, but it does have limits. If you have a broken tooth or chipped a tooth, don’t panic. There are many things that Dr. Pamela Doray, a Philadelphia cosmetic dentist, can do to repair it – if you see her right away. Otherwise, your tooth could be damaged further.
Solutions for Chipped Teeth
We offer a wide variety of solutions to repair a chipped tooth. The first step is to make a consultation with Dr. Doray and she will recommend the best option for you. If the damage is small and not severe, she will likely be able to repair it in a single visit. If the chipped tooth is severe and broken, then treatment will likely be costly and require more than one visit. Dr. Doray’s solutions for chipped teeth or a cracked tooth include:
- Dental filling – Dr. Doray offers white fillings for a virtually undetectable restoration. If you have only chipped off a small amount of tooth enamel, this will likely be the treatment used to repair the damage. This is a routine procedure that can be completed in a single office visit.
- Tooth bonding – If the damage is to the front teeth or seen when you smile, Dr. Doray will likely use tooth bonding to repair the damage. The bonding treatment uses a tooth colored resin material that provides a cost effective, natural looking restoration in a single visit.
- Porcelain dental crowns – A dental crown consists of fine layers of ceramic material that wrap around the tooth to improve strength and protect the tooth from further damage. This treatment is used when a large portion of the tooth has chipped off. Not only do porcelain crowns add strength and protection, but it will also look identical to the natural tooth. Using a crown to repair a chipped or cracked tooth will require at least two visits to our Philadelphia dentist office.
- Porcelain dental veneers – If one of your front teeth are chipped, Dr. Doray may recommend a tooth veneer to make it look whole and natural again. A dental veneer is a thin, ceramic shell that is applied to the front and sides of a tooth to restore strength and beauty. Our office uses a porcelain material to make the veneer look just like your original tooth. This process will require about two visits to our dentist office.
- Root canal –Sometimes the chipped or cracked tooth will expose the inner portion of the tooth, called the pulp which contains blood vessels and nerves. The crack will allow bacteria from your mouth to enter and infect the pulp. You will know if the pulp is infected and inflamed because the tooth will hurt, change color, and be extremely sensitive. If this is the case, a root canal may be necessary to repair and save the tooth. After the tooth is sealed, Dr. Doray will place a dental crown over the tooth to protect it.
Before & After Photos
Morgan: Before & After Chipped Tooth
Ava: Before & After Broken Teeth
Mitchell: Before & After Broken Tooth