Friday, February 20, 2015

My Teeth Are Chipped. What Are My Options?

   Despite your best efforts, do you have cracked teeth? Are you embarrassed to smile because your teeth are chipped? There are several options available to you depending on the severity of your problem. Prosthodontist, Dr. Judy Strutz suggests, "If you have very minor chipping you may be able to have a procedure called smoothing done.  Small amounts of the tooth are reshaped to help restore the look of your tooth. This procedure can be completed in one visit and usually does not result in any discomfort. 

   If you are struggling with one minor chipped tooth, a tooth colored filling may be used in order to help it blend in with your other teeth.  This procedure is relatively easy, and generally takes one visit.
  "For more severely chipped teeth you might want to consider veneers," says Dr. Judy Strutz. While some patients believe that this procedure is purely for cosmetic use, veneers help restore the quality of your smile and may also help protect against further damage. Veneers are a thin, custom layer that matches the color of your other teeth. It provides a very natural look and improves the overall look.

  If none of the above are options, if might be time to have a crown fitted to restore the tooth to full chewing, biting and cosmetic function. 

There are pro’s and con’s to each choice. When the decision is made, you’ll want the most naturally looking choice that is cost efficient and, depending on the severity and number of chipped teeth, will provide you with the best long lasting result. Choose today to improve your smile tomorrow.

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