Most people wouldn’t associate an emergency dental issue with what a cosmetic dentist does. Cosmetic dentists are often viewed as dental practitioners that you see because you want to – picture a teeth-whitening session – and not because you urgently need to see one.
However, one of the most common dental emergencies is that of chipped or broken teeth, which typically occur as a result of an accident or injury. Whether it’s a facial impact from a fall or sporting injury, or whether just a case of biting down too hard, many emergencies occur as a result of a chipped or broken tooth.
If the chipped tooth or broken tooth compromises the aesthetics of your smile, you would obviously want the unsightly gap to be filled or restored to look as seamless as a natural tooth. That would entail both a restorative as well as a cosmetic treatment.
So what are the types of treatment that can restore both the beauty and health of your chipped or broken tooth? Let’s take a look.
Dental Bonding or Filling
Whether the dentist recommends a filling or dental bonding would depend on the extent of the damage to your tooth.
In the case of a tiny piece of enamel chipping off, a white filling would typically be recommended to fill in the gap. However if your front tooth has sustained a sizeable chip, dental bonding may become necessary.
The dental bonding process involves placing a tooth-coloured resin to replace the chip. The cosmetic dentist would be able to colour match the resin to the neighbouring teeth such that it will blend in seamlessly.
The composite resin is bonded to the tooth using an adhesive substance, then shaped and light-cured to harden the material. The goal of this procedure is to restore the tooth back to its original shape, size and colour, mimicking the fit and form of a natural tooth.
If a large piece of the tooth enamel has fallen off, the other option is to treat it with a dental crown.
A dental crown is usually recommended for cases in which a tooth has been severely damaged such that the use of conservative fillings is not able to restore the tooth’s form or function.
The crowning process involves filing down the remaining tooth, and shaping it to an optimum size and texture in order to receive the crown, which is a tooth-like cap.
If the tooth has been badly fractured with an exposed nerve, the dentist may recommend a root canal as a way to protect the original tooth and relieve the pain. The root canal dentist may also make use of a crown to seal off and protect the repaired tooth.
If you have a broken front tooth, dental veneers offer you an aesthetic form of restoration that will help to mask the problem and present a new, gapless smile.
Made of porcelain or composite resin, dental veneers are thin shells of laminates used cover and conceal the broken tooth. The veneers can be precisely sculpted and shaped to blend seamlessly with your existing natural teeth.