Teeth are extremely strong, largely due to the fact that they are covered in enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body. In normal circumstances, enamel does a great job of protecting our teeth from damage. However, it certainly isn’t infallible and small areas of damage are fairly common. Chipped teeth are a very normal occurrence and, in most instances, result from our own misuse of our teeth. Without thinking, we often use our teeth as tools – to open packets and bottles, rip tape, trim nails and more. We also crunch on hard objects such as ice or candy. Unfortunately, this can place teeth under unnatural stress and strain, causing some of the enamel to come away from the main part of the tooth.
A chip in your tooth may not be a hugely noticeable issue, but it can cause you to experience moderate to severe dental pain. This is because beneath the enamel is the softer, middle layer of the tooth known as dentin. Dentin is much more sensitive than enamel, and when it is exposed to air, fluid or food, it can become painful. You may also find that you have a sharp or jagged edge caused by the chip, and you will need to be careful not to catch your tongue or lip on it as this could cause soft tissue damage including pain and bleeding.
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Whilst there are several treatment possibilities for chipped teeth, by far the most effective is porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin, shell-style covers that are applied to the outside of any affected teeth. They are designed specifically for the tooth that they are to be attached to, in the shape, size and even color that ensures that each veneer blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. In doing so, you can prevent people around you from realizing that you have ever needed any form of restorative and cosmetic dental work.
Porcelain veneers are created using images and impressions of your affected tooth, which will support the creation of a highly accurate and comfortable solution. However, before it can be made, we will first need to prepare the affected tooth to receive it. This involves removing a little of the enamel from the affected tooth so that so the veneer can be securely fully to it without it appearing abnormally thick and obviously artificial. The preparation is carried out using local anesthetic, and whilst you may feel some vibration, there should be no discomfort. You will then be fitted with a temporary veneer while your new, bespoke restoration is being created.
Around a week later you will be invited to return to our offices to have your permanent veneer put in place. After the temporary version has been removed, we will affix the permanent veneer to your tooth using permanent cement, which is then cured using a special light. Your tooth can then be polished, and your procedure is complete.
There are a variety of reasons why you should choose a porcelain veneer to repair your chipped tooth. These include:
A simple, minimally invasive procedure that takes place over just two appointments.
A repair that adds strength to your natural tooth.
You are left with a repair that is so discreet, your tooth looks completely natural
A veneer can be easily replaced should the need arise
Porcelain veneers are long-lasting provided that they are well looked after
If you have a chipped tooth that is causing you concern, a porcelain veneer could be the perfect solution. Contact our offices today to arrange an appointment to see if you are a good candidate for this restorative procedure.