A cut or bruise on your body should heal over time, so you will not have to worry about their long-term effects on how you look. Dental injuries create concern because damaged teeth stay damaged without treatment. This is why something like a minor chip in your tooth can be so consequential. Without proper treatment, you can continue to show off a smile that appears flawed. Fortunately, your Prairie Village, KS dentist is prepared to help you. The right cosmetic dental procedure can hide minor dental damage, which can allow you to once again feel good about your smile.
Using Cosmetic Dental Work To Address A Smile Flaw
A cosmetic dental procedure can discreetly cover up an injury that causes a smile flaw. For a chipped tooth, your dentist may offer help in the form of a dental bonding and contouring procedure. Contouring can even out a tooth that looks uneven after an injury. A bonding treatment will see a special resin material carefully applied to the tooth. Once in place, this material can make the tooth look healthy once again.
If you want a more durable cosmetic restoration to cover your tooth, you can look into have a porcelain veneer created to cover your tooth. Veneers are made from porcelain, and they can maintain their condition for longer. With that said, this can also be a more costly approach to addressing a flawed tooth.
What Can I Do If My Dental Injury Is More Serious?
Not every dental injury should be addressed with a cosmetic procedure. After observing the tooth’s condition, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to restore the tooth, rather than a veneer, or dental bonding and contouring. A crown can be more appropriate in situations where a tooth’s ability to bite and chew might be compromised by damage. In addition to covering up a distracting chip or crack in a tooth, a crown absorbs biting and chewing pressure without putting your tooth at risk for breaking further.
Are Your Teeth At Risk For Damage Because Of A Teeth Grinding Problem?
A chipped tooth can occur during physical activity – for instance, your “friendly” game of basketball could lead to a less than friendly elbow hurting your smile. With that said, some potential injuries can be prevented with your dentist’s help. If you grind your teeth at night, you run a risk for experiencing serious dental damage. Lingering pain and dental sensitivity in the mornings could be connected to this issue, known as bruxism. Talking about it with your dentist can lead to treatment before noticeable damage to your teeth can take place.
Talk To Dr. Browne About Addressing A Chipped Tooth
A chipped tooth can seriously affect your smile, and may have an impact on your oral health. Dr. Browne is ready to offer support with cosmetic dental work, which can effectively restore the way a person looks. To learn more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585.