There is a habit in all dental clinics to sort dentistry into general, specialist and cosmetic categories. But we sometimes find this unhelpful. When we repair worn and chipped teeth Glasgow, we use skills from across the board to get the best results for our patients, whether a veneer, crown, fluoride sealant or resin coating are used.
Assessing the damage
All of our dental procedures are guided by the needs and wishes of the patient, although sometimes the repair of a chipped tooth may be seen as cosmetic, in most cases, it is not. Once a tooth is chipped, the remaining tooth profile is often sharp and jagged and can easily cut the inside of the lips and tongue when talking. At the site of the chip, there will be no enamel and the exposed dentine can make the tooth very sensitive to hot and cold stimuli. With a deep chip/crack, the root could be exposed to the air, which is very unpleasant and is considered a dental emergency.
Common treatment options
Every case to repair worn and chipped teeth Glasgow we see is different, so treatment must be tailored to the patient. But here are a few treatment options that may be more relevant to you, so you can get in contact with the clinic and book an appointment if you feel the need to.
If you have managed to retain any chips or tooth fragments, it may be possible to reconstruct the tooth using dental adhesive to literally glue the tooth back together. Never attempt to do this yourself using household glues.
If there is little remaining of the tooth or it has collapsed due to decay, a full crown may be needed. This will have to be constructed for you and we will book you in for a fitting at a later date.
For minor chips, the main risk is the formation of a cavity where the enamel is missing and the crevice is often difficult to brush. To mitigate this, a fluoride sealant or varnish will protect the tooth.
This is a more robust form of varnishing, where layers of resin are painted on to the teeth and a UV light is used to set the resin. Multiple layers can be applied in one sitting.
Veneers sit more on the cosmetic side of the process to repair worn and chipped teeth Glasgow. After the risks to your health are addressed, we can discuss the use of veneers to return your appearance to how it was before the damage occurred. With colour and opacity matched, polymer-porcelain veneers can repair the tooth and seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile.
Replacement and implanting
If a tooth is damaged beyond repair and extraction is the only choice, there is still the option of implanting an artificial tooth onto a titanium ‘root’ which is fixed into the jawbone. This is quite a lengthy procedure, which is not suitable for patients with low bone density.