Options for Fixing Chipped Teeth

A chipped tooth can ruin a day, or a week, depending on how long we leave it untreated. Even minor chips should be examined by our Okemos, MI, dentist as they can become more than just an unsightly problem. Cosmetic bonding can often repair minor chips and cracks, but a more involved restoration may be required depending on the damage suffered. Learn more by reaching to our local professional Dr. Gregory Brya.

Cosmetic Bonding

Composite resin is the material used when we speak of cosmetic bonding. This resin is a very versatile component that can be made to match the color of surrounding teeth. It is applied in very thin layers in liquid form so that our dentist can build it up to fix our damaged tooth. It is hardened using a special light after every layer so that by the end of the procedure our dentist only has to finalize the shaping of the tooth and polish it. All of this can usually be done during the same office visit.

Dental Crowns

When the damage to the tooth is significant bonding may not be enough to protect the tooth. Extra protection can be provided by a dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is bonded onto a tooth that doesn't have enough structure to protect itself. The result is also a tooth that looks just like any other in our smile, but this type of restoration does take a couple of visits and some wait time as the crowns often need to be manufactured in a lab.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Okemos, MI

Although our dentist possesses the means to restore our teeth we should consider a few points regarding prevention. Teeth are best used to chew food, and not as tools to open packages or to cut our nails. We should also do our best to avoid foods that most often result in these accidents, like ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candy. Lastly, wearing a mouthguard while we practice sports is very important, as is wearing a nightguard if we grind our teeth at night.

But accidents can't always be prevented, for all these situations we can turn to our dentist to bring back our smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Brya of Okemos, MI, by dialing (517) 381-8181.

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