How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Your teeth are extremely durable, but accidents can happen where impact trauma causes part of your tooth enamel to break, leaving a chip in your tooth. This can negatively affect the appearance of your smile and make your mouth feel sore.

While pain may be manageable on your own, you will require professional intervention to repair this kind of tooth damage. Dr. Michael Mulkey, a dentist in Marietta, GA, describes the restorative and cosmetic dentistry services that can help you fix a chipped tooth.

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Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are recognizable as a treatment for cavities, but this procedure can help with more than tooth decay. If you have a chipped tooth, the resin material can be used to restore your smile.

In this process, the dentist applies the resin to the affected area of your tooth and sculpts it to your ideal shape. The resin is also developed to match your tooth color for a natural appearance. The procedure is completed with a concentrated light to harden the resin and then a final polish for a beautiful finish.

Porcelain Veneers

Another cosmetic dental treatment for patients with chipped teeth is porcelain veneers, cap-like shells that your dentist secures to the front of your teeth with dental bonding. These fixtures can cover tooth damage to brighten your smile.

If tooth breakage occurred due to a teeth-grinding habit, you should let your dentist know. This behavior could cause damage to your veneers too, and your dentist may ask that your wear a mouthguard to protect them from grinding that may occur as you sleep.

Dental Crowns

More severe damage to your tooth could require restorative dental solutions such as a dental crown. This treatment uses a ceramic cap to cover the entire tooth, shielding it from additional harm.

The crown enhances the appearance of your smile by creating an artificial yet natural-looking surface for the tooth. It will also restore the function of the vulnerable tooth so that you can eat and speak normally without worrying about damaging the tooth further. You can discuss aftercare with your dentist to protect your tooth and your crown after this procedure.

Cosmetic Dentistry Services in Marietta, GA

Lost Mountain Dental offers porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments to patients in Marietta, GA. Dr. Mulkey also specializes in general and restorative dentistry, including dental implants. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 678.212.1280.