The majority of people will chip a tooth at some time in their lifetime. Continuous wear in a specific area can weaken enamel till it breaks. You may also bite on hard food or be involved in a crash that chips and breaks your teeth. Whatever the cause, there are a couple of choices Dr. Manfredi offers to fix cracked teeth so you can display your smile with confidence.
Therapy for a cracked tooth will depend on the level of damage and whether the chip shows up when you grin. If a percentage of the enamel is missing or if the chip is on the front teeth, oral bonding can fix the damage in just one office visit.
Dental bonding is also called a “filling” because it fills up the missing enamel with tooth-like composite resin. Dental bonding is a quick and pain-free treatment that does not require numbing medication. The chipped area is etched so that the bonding material will certainly stick firmly. A glue product is applied, and then the composite material is shaped on top of it to mix with the natural tooth and restore its form. When an ultraviolet light sets the material, the treatment is complete.
Larger chips, cracked teeth that have significant decay, or chips on the molar teeth may require a crown, which is a tooth-shaped cap that conceals the tooth root. Crowns are made to be durable and made of metal, porcelain merged to metal or ceramic. Dr. Manfredi can help you determine the option that best meets your needs when it comes to your budget, durability, as well as appearance.
Typically it takes about 2 office visits to get a crown applied. If required, a root canal will be done at the very first office visit to develop the structure of the root so it can support the crown. X-rays will be taken, as well as any excess tooth will be gotten rid of. Your dentist will take impressions of the tooth receiving the crown along with the opposing tooth to make sure that the crown will line up correctly. You will go home with a temporary crown while your permanent one is made. At the 2nd office visit though, the temporary crown is removed and the irreversible one is sealed into place. Your teeth should line up flawlessly as well as look and function as well as they did in the past.
Porcelain veneers are another option for repairing chips on front teeth. Veneers are thin coverings of porcelain that cover the front of the teeth with a thick section that covers the chipped section of the tooth. A single veneer can be used to fix a chip on one tooth, or all of the front teeth for an overall smile makeover. In 2 dentist visits, veneers will not only repair chipped teeth, but they can mask gaps, correct misaligned or stained teeth, as well as improve your bite.
Throughout the initial visit, the surface area layer of your teeth is gotten rid of to be able to fit the veneer. Your teeth will be color-matched, and molds will be taken so the veneers can be made. Short-term veneers will be placed. At the 2nd visit, the temporary veneers are removed, and then the long-term ones are adhered with cement that is made to stick with ultraviolet light.
If you have broken or chipped teeth, please schedule an appointment with Dr.Manfredi as soon as possible. At Artista Dental Studio, we can quickly restore the function and beauty of your smile in just one office visit. Call us today on (212) 995-8930.