Dental Bonding & Chipped Tooth Repair in Hoffman Estates
Did you bite down on something too hard and immediately acknowledge that you’ve done damage to one of your teeth? Perhaps you’re a great sportsman who had an accident in the hockey rink? Whatever the case may be, Forest Edge Dental has been repairing chipped teeth in Hoffman Estates for 11 years! We all know chipping a tooth can be painful or unsightly, but it can also lead to worse infections if not treated properly. And depending on the severity and pain of your chipped tooth, you may need to visit a dentist immediately. At Forest Edge Dental we strive to make your tooth restoration or dental bonding procedure as quick and painless as possible. There are a few things you can do immediately after chipping your tooth to alleviate pain and prevent further damage. Several different treatment options are also available for repairing your chipped tooth.
What to do for a broken tooth:
If you’ve broken or chipped a tooth, it is always recommended to see your dentist as soon as possible! If you’re in pain or wondering what you can do until your appointment, here are a few tips to help you out:
- Be sure to rinse your mouth with warm salt water immediately.
- If the tooth is painful, you can take an over the counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen.
- If the tooth is jagged or sharp, you can cover the tooth with wax paraffin.
- Apply a cold pack to the cheeks or lips if any swelling occurs near the chipped tooth.
Treatment options for your chipped or cracked tooth depend on the severity of the accident. For minor cracks and chips, dental bonding may be the best course of action for repairing the tooth.
Dental Bonding – The bonding application consists of applying a tooth colored resin and adhesive to the affected area. The adhesive and resin is then set using a curing light. Bonding can be used for tooth repair, as well as for cosmetic purposes to improve or enhance the appearance of a tooth.
Veneers – If the tooth isn’t badly chipped, then dental veneers (either porcelain or composite) might be a great alternative to bonding. Veneers are generally used to enhance the cosmetic appearance of your smile and are composed of different materials than bonding. Veneers would also generally be reserved for non-molar (Incisor or Canine) teeth.
Crowns – Dental crowns might be a good option if a portion of a molar is chipped or broken. This option would again be reserved for less severe cases of a chipped tooth, where there is no root damage or pulp exposed. More information on the dental crown procedure can be found here.
Root Canal Treatment and/or Dental Implant – For more severe cases that have caused any type of pulp or nerve damage there are several courses of treatment that may be recommended. It is best to see your dentist IMMEDIATELY if your tooth is badly damaged, as treatment is recommended on a case by case basis.
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