It happens when you least expect it: You slip and fall, chipping your front tooth. Or maybe you bite into a piece of hard candy and instantly realize that the cracking sound is your tooth. Fortunately, you may not need to hide your smile or endure a long, painful procedure to fix the damage.
The most common causes of tooth trauma include sports injuries, falls and chewing on hard objects, but habits like teeth grinding and clenching can play a role, too. Symptoms can include sporadic pain from chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold liquids and even tooth discoloring. Fortunately, advancements in cosmetic dentistry have led to more natural-looking dental materials, less invasive procedures and shorter recovery times — making it easier than ever to fix your chipped or broken tooth & restore your smile.
Smile, you have options!
Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth may depend on the type, severity and location. In most cases your general dentist can provide diagnosis and treatment. However, you may be referred to a dental specialist for a more complicated case. Here are some of the most common treatment options for a chipped or broken tooth:
- Bonding is relatively simple, inexpensive and can typically be completed in a single visit. It uses natural-looking materials that can be designed to match the surrounding teeth, making it difficult to tell one was ever broken.
- Crowns are more durable and can withstand clenching, so they’re often recommended if a large piece of the tooth has broken off or if the chipped tooth is in the back of the mouth. Crowns can be made to look nearly identical to the original tooth. The process usually involves a few trips to the dentist’s office.
- Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material made to cover the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. They’re often used to fix teeth in the “smile zone” or to correct gaps between teeth. The procedure involves a few more steps than the other options and usually requires about three trips to the dentist.
These options make it easy to reclaim your natural smile. And your CareCredit credit card makes it easy to manage costs that insurance doesn’t. To learn more about tooth restoration and to understand all of your options, talk to your dentist. You can locate one nearby who accepts your CareCredit credit card with our Provider Locator.
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