In Need of Chipped Tooth Repair in Marrero?
You have several options when it comes to repairing a chipped tooth, and what’s more, you’ll be pleased to know that Southern Dental Care can present you with all of them. Dr. Lacey Andreotta and her staff have been providing chipped tooth repair in Marrero for a long time now, so we know what kind of difficulties usually crop up when performing this service. Below are the choices you have, from the most drastic to the least.
This was the traditional way to replace a chipped tooth or fill in gaps between teeth. It consists of an artificial tooth flanked by bridges that attach to the neighboring teeth. We’ll first have to extract your chipped tooth, and we’ll also have to grind down the enamel on the neighboring teeth so that the bridges can fit properly. Our clinic can create artificial teeth with gold, silver, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. There is, however, another option where you can have a crown, or crowns, placed over your teeth using bridgework.
To consider a dental implant, you’ll need to have the chipped tooth extracted. Implants refer to the artificial tooth root that’s permanently placed where the original tooth used to be. After it fuses with your jawbone, our dentist can place an artificial tooth into the root.
This is a permanent solution that only works for a single tooth (implants and partial dentures are recommended for those with multiple broken teeth), but the root is made of titanium and is therefore much more durable than a dental bridge. Our dentist will help you weigh the cost difference between implants and bridges; an implant can seem more expensive at first sight, but you won’t have to replace it in the future.
This is the first of three options where extraction won’t be necessary. Our dentist will first put a conditioning liquid over the surface of your tooth. Taking a plastic adhesive that matches the color of your teeth, we’ll apply it to your tooth so that it sticks to the chipped area and harden it with a UV light. The bonding material is made from a resin and can last up to 10 years, though you’ll have to be careful not to bite down too hard on it. Our dentist can complete the procedure in one office visit, and no anesthesia will be required.
A crown is basically a cap that sits on top of a tooth, fully encasing it, and goes no further than the gum line. We can make one from porcelain, metal, ceramics, or a combination of the three, and we’ll ensure that it looks as natural as possible. You might want teeth whitening before you have this installed; otherwise, the clean, pearly-white crown can stand out in a bad way. There are other benefits to crowns. For example, they can change the size and shape of your tooth, strengthen it, and fix any alignment issues.
If you’re looking for the easiest way to cover up the chip in your tooth, we offer our last and most minimalist product, the veneer. This is a thin porcelain or composite resin laminate that doesn’t go over the tooth but only over the front surface. Each one is custom made to improve the patient’s tooth color, shape, size, and even length. Not only will veneers strengthen your teeth, but they’ll also protect it from staining, infection, and decay. As with crowns, though, it’s a good idea to get your teeth whitened before the procedure.
Dr. Andreotta can tell you more about the pros and cons of each treatment, and we’ll recommend an option based on your budget and the current condition of your teeth. For a chipped tooth repair in Marrero, you can’t go wrong with Southern Dental Care, so give us a call to schedule an appointment! Our number is 504-347-1014.