Chipped teeth are not always serious, but they do come with some dental complications. Chipped tooth discoloration is common especially for young children whose teeth are still developing. Having discolored teeth can be so embarrassing and can make people feel self conscious about smiling. However, it is important for you to know that it’s normal for the color of our teeth to become duller as we age.
It’s normal that as we age the white outer enamel wears away, revealing the natural yellow color of the dentin. However, in most cases, teeth damage from a fall can disturb enamel formation in young children whose teeth are still developing. Dental trauma can also lead to tooth discoloration to adult teeth. The severity of tooth chips varies greatly, and how badly a tooth is damaged can determine the extent of the discoloration.
When it comes to whitening a chipped discolored tooth, is very important to realize that tooth whitening or bleaching solutions will not work. Instead, you will need to turn to a cosmetic dentist for help with replacing the surface of the affected tooth with more attractive, artificial solutions.
Treatments for chipped tooth discoloration
1. Dental veneers
Porcelain veneer look very natural and can cover up stains, chips, and other minor imperfections in your smile. These veneer is a thin shell of porcelain which is made to fit over the front of a chipped tooth to hide the tooth’s irregularities. Dental veneers is very effective in restoring the natural whiteness of a crack or permanent discoloration that can’t be treated with teeth whitening.
2. Dental bonding
Dental bonding is a good alternative to veneers. They can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or mis-arranged. Depending on the severity of the damages and the number of teeth to be repaired, the procedure can be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a chipped tooth significantly. During a bonding procedure, the affected tooth is prepared by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. The bonding liquid is then hardened quickly using a special light. Once everything is set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
3. Dental crown.
Crowns is used widely in cosmetic dentistry to restore the normal appearance and functionality of a damaged tooth. To treat a discolored, chipped tooth, a cosmetic dentist can help by placing a porcelain crown over the damaged tooth to restore both the look and the functionality of the tooth. To place a dental crown, the dentist will need to reshape your tooth and take the impression of the prepared tooth. Depending on the type of material that you and your dentist decided to use, it can take up to a week for your clown to be ready.
Finally, it is necessary that you should consult with your dentist to determine which procedures will work out best for you and your teeth. For more information on cosmetic dentistry you can also read the posts below.
- Types of dental crowns
- How a crown placement is done
- Before and after looks of crowns
- How to repair a damaged tooth at home.