Suffering a chipped tooth can be a frustrating experience because in addition to compromising your smile, it can also impact your speech and confidence. Even if you suffer a minor chip or crack to your tooth’s enamel, it can make it difficult to smile or laugh without covering your mouth. Fortunately, thanks to the advances in lifelike materials, improved techniques, and the experience of Dr. John F. Rink, you can quickly have your tooth restored back to its natural brilliance at our office in Charleston, SC.
During your appointment, we will closely examine your tooth to determine the severity of the damage and to ensure that the surrounding tissues were not also been impacted. After fully evaluating your oral health, Dr. Rink will make a recommendation for treatment and explain the available options. Whether you have a small chip that is barely noticeable to others, or you have suffered a large crack that has damaged a significant portion of enamel, we can offer several restorative treatments to address the issue and meet your budgetary needs.
Whether you have a small chip that is barely noticeable to others, or you have suffered a large crack that has damaged a significant portion of enamel, we can offer several restorative treatments to address the issue and meet your budgetary needs.
A dental bonding treatment is used to restore small chips and cracks with the use of a tooth-colored resin. During the bonding procedure, which can usually be completed in less than an hour, the dentist will apply the resin material directly to the tooth being treated. Once in place, your doctor will shape and polish the material to smooth the edges and provide a beautiful, natural-looking appearance.
For larger chips, especially to the highly visible front teeth, or for a treatment that offers a more durable solution, many patients find that a porcelain veneer provides the best solution. These thin porcelain shells are custom designed to match the shape and color of the surrounding teeth, and used to conceal imperfections in a single tooth. In addition to enhancing the aesthetics of your smile, a veneer can restore functionality to your bite as well.
A dental crown may be used if a tooth has sustained more severe damage, or in cases where a bonding treatment or porcelain veneer would not provide an adequate solution. A crown is typically used when a large portion of the tooth has broken off, the damage extends to the root of the tooth, or when the tooth is also extensively decayed.
Nobody is happy when they suffer a chipped tooth, but it can be a good opportunity to receive a full oral examination. Some patients may wait years between office visits, and might only schedule an appointment after suffering dental pain or damage. During your visit to repair your damaged tooth, you may want to inquire about a hygienic cleaning, whitening treatment, or some of our other cosmetic procedures.
One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. When you feel self-conscious about crooked teeth or other aspects of your smile, it can affect every aspect of your life. Dr. Rink is a skilled cosmetic dentist who has trained extensively in a wide range of procedures. To learn more about fixing your chipped teeth, contact our office today
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