A chipped tooth is a problem even when the damage is minor. Your ability to put bite pressure on the tooth can be reduced, and you can feel self-conscious about a visible flaw that hurts your smile. There are several procedures that can restore the appearance of a tooth and provide any needed functional support. For superficial harm, cosmetic dentistry can be recommended. These procedures are more conservative, so more of your natural tooth structure remains unchanged. Restorative dental work can restore a tooth’s appearance while also keeping it safe from complications. At our St. Louis, MO dentist’s office, we can examine your tooth and determine what procedure is right to give you back your smile and preserve your oral health.
Even if chipping is minor, and not a threat to your oral health, it can make you self-conscious. Visibly damaged teeth change a person’s smile by creating a distracting flaw and throwing off facial symmetry. Because of these issues, you can be unhappy with the way you look, and reluctant to expose the tooth when you smile or speak. Fortunately, the right procedure can resolve this problem in less time than you anticipate!
Through cosmetic dental work, a tooth can be carefully restored with minimal changes to your enamel. A tooth bonding procedure can cover the damage with a composite material that imitates healthy enamel. The substance we use will adhere to the tooth when it hardens, restoring its shape and overall appearance without making the placement of a custom restoration necessary. We can also take care of your smile by placing a custom porcelain veneer. Veneers are thin shells made specially for teeth in need of restoration. After the veneer is bonded to your tooth, it can hide damage and make any other beneficial changes to its shape, size, and color that interest you.
Take the time to see your dentist about a potential problem with an injured tooth. Even if the damage does not seem serious, you may have more to worry about than you initially expect. In time, a tooth that seems fine can suffer more damage after you put pressure on it, leading to more trouble and the need for more involved treatment. After a review, Dr. Johnson-G’Sell can determine if the tooth is in need of support from a dental crown. Crowns cover teeth to keep them safe from physical harm and infection, and they provide support so that you can keep biting and chewing without problems.
If your tooth is chipped, reach out to Magnolia Family Dental in St. Louis, MO! During a review, Dr. Johnson-G’Sell can determine what kind of treatment might be appropriate for you and move forward with plans to restore the tooth. We can take care of people in need of restorative work, as well as those seeking cosmetic treatment for an embarrassing physical flaw. To find out more about our practice and services, please call Magnolia Family Dental today at 317-822-4521.