Treatment Options for Smiles with Chipped Teeth

By Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. on February 21, 2017

Close up of a smile with severely chipped teethChipped teeth can distract from what would otherwise be a beautiful smile. Fortunately, modern restorative dentistry offers numerous treatments that can return smiles affected by chipped teeth to a pristine, unflawed state. At White River Dental, Drs. Aaron Strickland and Brittany Curnutt provide customized treatment solutions to patients with aesthetically imperfect teeth to ensure that they emerge with natural-looking smiles that are as unique as they are.

In discussing your treatment options for chipped teeth at our Columbus, IN dental practice, Dr. Strickland or Dr. Curnutt will carefully explain all of the possibilities open to you, advising you as to the treatment or combination of treatments he or she feels is best suited to your particular case. Any questions you have will be answered in plain, simple English. You will be presented with all the information you need to make an educated, confident decision about how you want to proceed with treatment.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile due to the presence of chips in your teeth, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Strickland or Dr. Curnutt at White River Dental today.

What Options Are Available for Treating Chipped Teeth

At White River Dental, we offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments, all of which can be customized to your unique needs and goals. The treatment or combination of treatments that is best suited to you will depend on several factors, including on whether the nature of your chip is primarily cosmetic or whether it is threatening the health of the tooth. Our dentists spend ample time with patients to ensure that they are satisfied with their treatment plans before moving forward.

The options available for treating chipped teeth include:

  • Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are an exceptional method of concealing chips in front teeth. These thin porcelain shells are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth, where they can also conceal any other aesthetic flaws such as discoloration and imperfections in shape or size. Because porcelain is translucent like tooth enamel, veneers are remarkably natural looking.
  • Dental bonding: Dental bonding involves the application of a composite resin material to the teeth. When this material hardens, it conceals chips and other flaws, much like porcelain veneers. Unlike porcelain, composite resin is not translucent and therefore not quite as natural looking. However, dental bonding still produces excellent results and is generally less expensive than porcelain veneers.
  • Tooth-colored fillings: For relatively minor chips, tooth-colored fillings provide an aesthetically pleasing, mercury-free alternative to the silver amalgam fillings of the past.
  • Dental crowns: For premolars and molars that have chips too large to support tooth-colored fillings, custom-crafted dental crowns may provide the ideal solutions. Dental crowns replicate the entire visible surface area of a tooth, protecting the natural tooth from further damage.

Learn More about Treatments for Chipped Teeth

To learn more about the treatment options for chipped teeth, please contact White River Dental today.

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