A tooth can be chipped in many ways. Sometimes it's caused by a slip and fall, other times a tooth can be chipped when biting into something hard, like ice or a sourdough pretzel. Regardless of the way it happens, a chipped tooth can do more than make you self-conscious, it can be painful or cause further tooth problems if it's not addressed.
Dr. Mark Troilo has been repairing damaged teeth for his patients for many years. He assures his patients that in most cases, fixing a cracked or chipped tooth is an easy process, but it will depend on how badly the tooth is damaged. When a tooth only has a small chip or piece of enamel that is broken off, the treatment can usually be done in a single office visit. However, in the case of a severely damaged tooth, a more in-depth treatment may be required.
In many cases, a chipped tooth can be fixed with a dental filling material, or even cosmetic bonding, if the damage is minor. This procedure ensures a seamless solution that's nearly impossible to detect. Furthermore, because it's such a simple and fast procedure, it can sometimes be accomplished without numbing or anesthesia
When the tooth is deeply cracked or badly damaged, the dentist may treat it with a dental crown. For this procedure, Dr. Troilo or Dr. Jessica Niederee will address the damaged part of the tooth and then cover the entire surface with a dental crown to protect it from further damage, allow the tooth to function appropriately, and give the patient the confidence that comes with a great smile.
No matter how severe or minor the damage might be, it's important to have a chipped or cracked tooth addressed. Not doing so could cause sensitivity in the coming days, weeks, or months. Furthermore, it can expose the nerve and cause great discomfort and pain to the patient.
Dr. Mark Troilo and Dr. Jessica Niederee at Rose Hill Dental have been helping their patients in the Wichita, KS, area fix damaged teeth and address oral health concerns for many years. From preventative oral health care to cosmetic restorations, the entire team at Rose Hill Dental is committed to quality, gentle, and respectful care. To find out more or schedule an appointment, call the Rose Hill Dental team today at 316-768-4050.