So Your Tooth is Chipped and Cracked - What Are Your Options?
By Hobble Creek Dental Care
May 04, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: veneers   Bonding   Chipped Tooth  

Chipped ToothHas your tooth been cracked or chipped, leaving an uneven look to your smile? Considering the best smiles always involve aligned teeth, this can have a negative impact on your confidence whenever you're around others.

At Hobble Creek Dental Care, patients with chips and cracks in their teeth can have their smile completely restored with a number of dental techniques. Among them is dental bonding, which uses tooth-colored materials to hide minor visible dental defects, while porcelain veneers also offer a solution to a more cosmetically appealing smile.

Bonding

The dentists at Hobble Creek Dental Care frequently choose bonding to repair patients' cracked teeth and cover up any gaps left behind in their smile. Bonding materials include composite resins, which are made from plastic and glass materials because they provide optimal strength and translucency that are very realistic next to your natural teeth.

These materials are literally bonded with the remaining tooth, hence the name, providing full revival to an otherwise broken smile. Unlike dental veneers, bonding doesn't require a dental laboratory and a long multi-step process before it's finally attached to patients' teeth.

Veneers

A dental veneer is an ultra-thin, super-strong porcelain covering that goes over the front surface of your natural tooth. Essentially, it acts as an enhanced, more beautiful version of your natural tooth enamel. Because porcelain veneers are strong, translucent, and totally realistic, they can also be bonded onto your teeth to cover up larger chips and cracks.

Plus, recent dental technologies have made it so that porcelain veneers can be made so thin that dentists won't need to scrape off a thin layer of your natural tooth enamel first, a common task that was necessary before veneer placement in the past. Veneers also have a longer life expectancy than bonding.

Other Solutions

Cracked or chipped teeth can also be covered up with restorative dental procedures like dental crowns though you should speak with your dentist about the procedure he or she thinks would work best for your dental situation.

For more information on what to do if you have chips or cracks in your smile, give the dentists at Hobble Creek Dental Care a call today at (801) 489-4541 for lasting dental relief right here in Springville, UT!

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