Dr. Everett E. Heringer views each smile as a masterpiece and, as a cosmetic dentist, it is his goal to help patients make their own unique masterpiece the best that it can be. Even the smallest blemish or imperfection can detract from the natural beauty of the smile and leave patients wanting more. Cosmetic dentistry services help to minimize or eliminate oral blemishes so that patients can achieve the look they want for their smile. Chipped teeth are one such cosmetic flaw that can leave patients feeling self-conscious about the appearance of their smile. Although chips are often minor, even a small chip can draw attention away from the rest of the teeth and leave the smile looking less than perfect. Dr. Heringer offers a number of treatments for chipped teeth at his Bismarck, ND practice so that patients can enhance the beauty of their smile with a treatment technique that best meets their unique needs and desires.
Dental bonding is safe, non-invasive, and affordable, making it a popular option for patients who have experienced a chipped tooth. This simple procedure can effectively restore the strength and beauty of a chipped tooth and is typically completed in under an hour. During the procedure, Dr. Heringer will apply a composite resin to the surface of the tooth. This tooth-colored material is shaped to the tooth so that it rebuilds the area of the tooth that has chipped off. The material is then hardened so that it bonds to the tooth. Dental bonding strengthens the tooth and restores its beauty, while maintaining the natural appearance of the smile.
Porcelain veneers are another cosmetic solution for chipped teeth. This treatment is more involved than dental bonding, and also more costly. However, porcelain veneers can completely transform the smile, so it is a great treatment option for many patients, especially those with multiple oral blemishes. Porcelain veneers treatment typically takes place over two dental appointments.
At the first appointment, Dr. Heringer will design porcelain veneers that meet the unique aesthetic needs of the patient. The teeth will also be prepared for the placement of the veneers at this initial appointment. This involves removing a very thin layer of the tooth’s natural enamel.
At the second dental appointment, the completed porcelain veneers will be bonded to the facial surface of the teeth. Once in place, porcelain veneers conceal flaws such as chips, cracks, discoloration, and minor misalignment problems to give patients a white, straight, attractive smile.
Chips in the teeth are often small and are primarily a cosmetic flaw as opposed to an oral health concern. However, in cases of large chips, the inner layer of tooth may be left exposed. This can leave the teeth vulnerable to decay, infection, and other oral health complications. Dental crowns can surround and protect a tooth that has suffered a major chip in order to renew its strength and prevent dental problems. These restorations are designed to match the color of the natural teeth so that they strengthen and protect the damaged tooth while still maintaining the beauty of the smile.
Schedule an Appointment
Even a minor chip in a tooth can have a major impact on the beauty of the smile. If you have suffered a chipped tooth and would like to learn more about the dental treatments that can restore the strength and beauty of your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Everett E. Heringer at your earliest convenience.