A lot of the time a chipped tooth can be repaired, without the need for extensive treatments. We suggest seeking treatment as soon as you can, this allows for no further damage to your teeth. Should you be in pain during the time it takes you to obtain an appointment, there are over-the-counter medicines that can be taken to relieve this. Should the pain be extreme you should make this clear to our team and an emergency appointment can be arranged.
When it comes to fixing your chipped tooth if only a small piece of enamel is chipped off, our dentists may be able to repair any damage done using a filling. However, if the damage is located on a front tooth that is visible when you talk or smile, a tooth-coloured composite resin will be used; a procedure called bonding.
The procedure is a simple one and we usually won’t have any need to numb the tooth or surrounding gums. A liquid will be applied at first, which will etch the surface of the tooth, allowing the bonding material to stick to it. Following this, an adhesive substance, followed by a resin that matches the natural colour of your tooth will be applied. Ultraviolet light is then used to harden the resin and ensure that it stays in place.
When it comes to injuries that have caused large pieces of tooth to break off or exposes decay, your tooth may need to be filed or ground down and then capped with a dental crown. There are different options of crowns available, each option comes with different costs and benefits.
If the top of the tooth has completely broken off, but the root has been left intact, it may be that root canal treatment is needed, with the ability to then implement a crown once the structure of the tooth has been built up.