Is a Chipped Tooth a Big Deal?

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What do crunching on a hard candy and playing a basketball game have in common? Both activities can lead to a chipped or cracked tooth. Some may think that chipping a tooth is not a big deal, especially if the chip is not very noticeable. However, left unexamined, that tiny chip or crack can become a much bigger dental issue in time. Let’s take a deeper look at what happens when you chip a tooth.

The potential damage from a chipped tooth

You may deal with any of the following from a chipped tooth:

  • Further breakage of the tooth
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Heightened sensitivity

However, there are treatment options available for a chip that can help to preserve or restore that winning smile and eliminate the potential dental problems that a chipped or cracked tooth can cause.

How to repair your chipped tooth in Greeneville

Your cosmetic dental professional at Tusculum Dental Care is expertly skilled in the latest dental technologies and eager to work with you in selecting the best restorative option for you!

Some of our potential treatments to repair a chipped or cracked tooth include any of the following:

Porcelain Veneers: Made of dental porcelain, veneers cover the front of the tooth or teeth that are being treated. At Tusculum Dental Care, we also offer DuraThin veneers. These are extremely thin restorations that can be bonded without having to remove any of your existing tooth structure. No matter which type of veneer you choose, your veneer will be molded and bonded to the front of the impacted tooth to restore, or even improve, your smile. Durability is one of the great benefits of porcelain veneers. Properly taken care of, veneers can last 10 years or more, before needing to be replaced.

Dental Bonding: Cosmetic bonding is a simple, convenient procedure to help repair chipped or broken teeth, address discoloration, close an unwanted gap between teeth, or adjust a tooth’s length or shape so that it better blends with the rest of your smile. Bonding treatments are completed by applying a composite resin to your teeth, which is customized to match the shade of your other healthy teeth. After removing any area of your chipped tooth that has been weakened by the break, the resin is sculpted into place, restoring the look of your tooth to its previously pristine condition. Bonding is also a less expensive option.

Is bonding or veneers right for me?

So, which is the best way to repair your chipped or broken tooth: bonding or veneers? The only way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist. At Tusculum Dental Care, our dentists Dr. Craig Shepherd and Dr. Nathaniel Renner both specialize in the area of cosmetic dentistry. They also regularly pursue continuing education, to stay up to speed on the latest techniques, tools and materials in the cosmetic specialty. They can put their expertise to work for you.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Erwin in Tennessee

To see what a cosmetic treatment can do to improve the appearance of your smile, call the office of Tusculum Dental Care today at (423) 639-7575 to schedule a consultation,