Fixing a Chipped Tooth With Dental Veneers

Jun 01, 2022

We all wish to show off a perfect smile. But there are dental flaws, such as chips that have a knack for snuffing the life from your smile. Then, you will have to deal with plummeting confidence levels, trouble chewing, and potentially a broken tooth. Thank heavens our emergency dentist in Greeley, CO, offers dental veneers to deal with the damaged teeth.

The beauty of using dental veneers is that they are versatile, easy to fix, and can last a long time if you practice proper oral hygiene and you maintain them as you should. They are a common procedure offered within cosmetic dentistry. But besides repairing chips, dental veneers will also revamp your dental aesthetics.

About Veneers and How They Work

Are you familiar with the clip-on nails sold in cosmetic stores placed over nails to enhance their appearance? If you have, then you will easily understand how dental veneers work. Veneers nearly look like clip-on nails, but they are designed to follow the shape of your teeth. They are wide at the biting end and thin at the base.

They are super-thin shells that are tooth-colored to ensure that they fit right in with the rest of your teeth. Veneers are usually crafted using composite resin or porcelain.

When you use veneers, you desire to alter your teeth’s color, shape, length, size, and appearance. Unlike tooth crowns, dental veneers are designed to cover only the front surface of your teeth. However, for you to receive a veneer, our dentist has to curve off some of your enamel to accommodate them.

If our dentist places a dental veneer without prepping the tooth, it would be bulky, uncomfortable and impractical. The only thing that you need to bear in mind is that the procedure is irreversible. Once your tooth enamel has been curved off, it will not grow again.

How a Dental Veneer Fixes a Chipped Tooth

If your tooth is chipped and need immediate dental care, getting dental veneers is the way to go. If it’s a dental emergency, you will need a quick and effective solution. Dental veneers will not only repair the chipped tooth but will also strengthen and protect the tooth.

Here’s what happens when using a dental veneer to repair chipped teeth:

  • The Consultation

The first step in dealing with the chipped tooth is consultation. You will have to chat with our dentist to explain what happened and what you desire at the end of the procedure. Our dentist will perform a visual examination and take an x-ray to check the condition of your tooth.

Once our dentist clarifies that veneers are the way to go, then an impression of the chipped tooth will be taken. Our dentist will discuss the pros and drawbacks of dental veneers with you. Our dentist will send the impressions to the lab to aid in fabricating the veneer.

  • The Preparation

Our dentist will proceed with prepping the chipped tooth for the dental veneer. Usually, there is no need for local anesthesia; however, if you have sensitive teeth, our dentist will administer local anesthesia.

It takes around two weeks or less for the veneers to be ready, especially if you are going for porcelain veneers. But if you are going for composite veneers, you might get them during a single visit.

However, if you are going for porcelain veneers, our dentist will have to attach a temporary dental veneer to the prepped tooth while waiting for the permanent veneer.

  • The Bonding

Our dentist near you will remove the temporary veneer and clean and etch your tooth. Etching is done to roughen your tooth’s surface to ensure that the veneer bonds properly to the tooth. The veneer will be attached to the chipped tooth using special cement. Then, your tooth will be exposed to a special curing light to harden the cement right away.

Our dentist will trim off the excess cement and finesse the veneer to ensure that it fits seamlessly. Lastly, the veneer will be polished to make it glossy to blend in with the rest of your teeth.

Can You Permanently Repair a Chipped Tooth?

Veneers are more or less a permanent solution since the procedure is irreversible. The only thing is that you might have to replace the veneers when they begin to wear out. But this would be after several years, even a decade.

Contact us at Affordable Dental Clinics if you wish to get your chipped tooth restored.

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