A problematic chipped or broken tooth should never keep you from smiling. In fact, when it comes to chipped tooth repair or broken tooth repair in Manchester, dentists have a number of ways that they can deal with the problem. In this post, our Manchester Emergency dentist guides you through the options available.
The first and logical thing that you should do if you do chip or break a tooth is to all your dentist. Depending upon the severity of the problem, they may be able to treat it there and then, but at the very least, they’ll give you advice on what to do until it can be dealt with. However, assuming you’ve already done this, here’s what you can expect to be treated with.
A veneer is a thin shell-like layer of porcelain which fits over the front of the tooth. Once colour matched and polished, it looks just like your natural tooth enamel and for this reason, can cover up a multitude of sins including a chipped or broken tooth. If your tooth poses more of a cosmetic problem (Eg. it’s easily visible when you smile) then this may be a good option.
This is normally resolved for minor chipped tooth repair and is the least invasive and cheapest procedure. It involves moulding a composite material over the chip so that it fills the space. Once hardened, it creates a strong structure over the area that blends in with the rest of your tooth.
These are usually reserved for chipped tooth repair or a broken tooth repair in Manchester where the chip/break is more severe. Unlike veneers, dental crowns are made to cover the entire tooth and act not only as an aesthetic enhancement but can also restore function allowing the patient to be able to bite down on the tooth and chew normally. Typically, crowns are made from a durable ceramic porcelain, porcelain fused with metal (PFM) or Zirconia. Some dentists offer same day crowns where they can be manufactured and fitted chairside.
The final option might be to remove the tooth altogether and fit a dental implant. This is usually reserved for times when the existing tooth can’t be saved. This may be when the tooth is badly cracked or broken close to the gum line. By removing the tooth a skilled dentist can then place a titanium post in the space, before sitting a life-like dental crown on top. The result is that it looks, feels, and to a certain extent acts, just like a real tooth, and one that can last for many years to come.
So there you have it, your options for chipped tooth repair and broken tooth repair. Manchester residents can rest assured knowing our Manchester emergency dentist can help. If you have any further questions about how we can bring your smile back to life, contact us at 0161 485 7376 today.