If you have a chipped tooth, it doesn’t mean the entire tooth is unhealthy. Unfortunately, the same is not able to be said about the look of your smile – especially if it is one of your front teeth. Even if the chip is small, most people find it hard to miss when they look in the mirror, and as a result want to have it fixed as quickly as possible.
There is good news. A chipped tooth is able to be restored cosmetically so that it looks normal again an once restored you can enjoy your new healthy and beautiful smile.
Materials Used for Chipped Tooth Restoration
While each case is unique and will be carefully evaluated by your dentist, there are typically two types of materials used for restoring a chipped tooth:
- Porcelains: this is a type of oven-fired ceramic that is typically used for crowns or veneers.
- Composite resins: this is a mixture of plastic and glass substances that are applied in liquid form and that hardens in built-up layers on the surface of the tooth to recreate the original tooth color and shape.
What Material is Right for You?
The question is, what material is the best option for your chipped tooth? The answer is dependent on the location of the damage and how bad it is. In most cases, composite resins are used for mild or moderate chipping. It is also the ideal option for any breaks in the enamel and in some cases for the underlying dentin or decayed areas in your front teeth. Porcelain crowns or veneers are better for more extensive discoloration or damage.
Each material option has both pros and cons. For example, composite resins are able to be applied during a single office visit; however, they require an artistic eye and skillful technique to create that life-like appearance. Also, while the strength of composite resin has improved through the years, they are limited in regard to longevity and durability compared to porcelain.
Porcelain is extremely durable and offers an excellent real-tooth appearance. This option, however, does require more of the natural tooth material to be removed than composite resin to accommodate the new crown or veneer. Also, they take more than a single visit to your dentist and the services of a dental lab to help create the restoration.
Seeking Dental Care
The best way to figure out what restoration option is right for you is to contact your dentist for an evaluation. By looking at the damage, your dentist can figure out what needs to be done to restore your chipped tooth. However, regardless of what material is selected – composite resin or porcelain – you can look forward to your new smile that you are going to be proud to show off.