The location of a chipped tooth, and the size of the chip itself, can affect how a person might feel about their need for treatment. If you have some concerns about chipping, but feel that your tooth is “probably” okay, you should know that ignoring trauma can have consequences that affect you over time. The tooth may be in worse shape than you realize, and you can go on to develop an infection that puts your oral health at risk. There is also the potential for damage to worsen as you continue to rely on a chipped tooth for bite support. Our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office is prepared to help you if you have significant concerns about an injury, or if you simply want to make sure that the matter is not more serious than you realize.
What Kind Of Treatment Will I Need For My Chipped Tooth?
It is sometimes necessary to restore a chipped tooth with a dental crown. This will be the case if the injury interferes with your bite function, or if there is a concern that the tooth might break further in time. For superficial damages that do not pose an oral health risk, we can explore treatment options like dental bonding, or discuss the placement of porcelain veneers.
How Long Will It Take To Complete My Treatment?
The time needed to restore a chipped tooth can vary. In order to properly restore a tooth with a crown or veneer, it is important to make sure that the restoration is the precise shape, size, and color needed. An initial evaluation allows us to prepare the tooth and to take necessary measurements to ensure your procedure offers the results you want. A bonding treatment can be completed in as little as one visit, as there is no need to have a restoration crafted.
Will I Be Able To Put Pressure On My Restored Tooth?
If you have a tooth that no longer feels stable enough to trust when biting and chewing, you can experience a change in your dental function that causes problems for you. Over time, you can develop issues with stress and joint stiffness that lead to chronic pain and frequent teeth grinding. This is why a crown is recommended when there are concerns about a tooth’s ability to withstand pressure.
Your Ankeny, IA Dentist Can Restore Your Chipped Tooth
At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we are prepared to help patients enjoy the full restoration of a chipped tooth. Part of that support means determining the right treatment for the damage, and ensuring that you feel confident showing off the tooth when you smile and when you bite and chew. If you would like to find out more about our practice and services, contact Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230.