However they’ve occurred, chipped teeth can be a real pain. They can affect how you eat, how you talk and certainly how you feel about yourself and your look. Many people believe that they are fated to live with their frustrating chipped teeth indefinitely, but at Harley Street Smile Clinic, we know that this simply isn’t the case. Cosmetic dentistry can efficiently and effectively fix the damage to your smile and restore your confidence at the same time. There are a number of ways in which we can help to fix a tooth. Below are a number of treatments for chipped or broken teeth offered by the Harley Street Smile Clinic.
For very minor chips, a dentist can usually undertake some basic tooth-reshaping to smooth out the problem, but a slightly less subtle chip can be easily remedied through the application of porcelain veneers – delicately sculpted layers of porcelain applied to the affected teeth in order to reshape them in a way that looks natural and complements the existing smile. Veneers are long-lasting and effective, and their application is pain-free. However, for more severe dental damage, crowns may prove more effective.
Crowns are very similar to veneers, but instead of covering only one surface of the tooth, they encapsulate each one completely, and can be shaped to replace the parts of the tooth that are missing in order to improve its structure as well as its look. Technology within cosmetic dentistry has now advanced so much that it is often impossible to tell a tooth with a crown or porcelain veneer from a natural tooth.
More severe breaks
Severely broken teeth may not be able to support a crown as there is often little for the porcelain to be anchored to, and this is where a bridge may be required. The remaining piece of tooth is extracted, and then a natural-looking replacement tooth is placed in the gap, supported on either side by the existing teeth. A number of severely damaged teeth can be replaced at any one time using this method. Like veneers and crowns, bridges are made from porcelain and, treated correctly, should last for decades.
Repairs to chipped or broken teeth are surprisingly straightforward. Veneers, for example, can be fitted within two sessions and mean minimal recovery time. However severe the damage to your teeth, there is a treatment within the field of cosmetic dentistry that offers a fast, effective and long-lasting fix, leaving you with the beautiful smile you have always wanted. Once the treatments are complete, all you have to do is remember to take care of your beautiful new smile. A good dental hygiene regime is vital to their longevity, just as it is for natural teeth.
If you’d like to find out how the Harley Street Smile Clinic can help you, call us today on 020 7486 6777 and we will arrange a preliminary consultation for you, free of charge, where we can take a closer look at which treatments would suit you best. Our team will be very happy to help you.