Wear and tear on our teeth over the years is expected and, sometimes, we can do almost nothing to prevent it. If you have heavily worn or chipped teeth, it is really important to visit your dentist, as they will determine the causes and the treatment. At Dental FX in Glasgow, repairing worn and chipped teeth may include white fillings and composite bonding or porcelain veneers and dental crowns, if the damage is more extensive.
White fillings and dental bonding
If you have a single chipped tooth or cracked tooth, the result of injury or accident, we offer white fillings and dental bonding. Both are quick, safe and easy ways to repair the problem in just one visit to our practice. White fillings are very discreet because they are tooth-coloured to match the rest of your teeth. Your dentist will drill the affected tooth to remove any decay and smooth the edges before the filling is placed. White fillings are easy to install in one visit because they turn hard in seconds with the use of a special light.
If you have small chips on your teeth, on the other hand, your dentist will use composite bonding to restore their appearance. Using a tooth-coloured composite (made of glass and plastic), your dentist will repair the tooth and shape it to look like it used to originally.
Crowns are ideal when larger pieces of the tooth have broken or chipped. Essentially, crowns are tooth-shaped caps made of porcelain or composite that cover the entire tooth and help protect it from decay and gum disease. The procedure is relatively quick and can be completed from a few days to a couple of weeks. The tooth will need to be prepared before the final placement of the crown and this may require removing part of the tooth enamel.
Porcelain veneers are very thin porcelain shells, which are ideal for covering chipped and worn teeth. Your dentist will lightly prepare the tooth by removing a small layer of the enamel and will take impressions, which are sent to the laboratory for your veneer to be made. Once ready, the veneer will be bonded to the front of your teeth with a special glue.