What is the treatment for a broken or chipped tooth?
Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth depends on the extent of the damage. You’ll need a filing, dental cap/crown, dental veneers, or a root canal.
Filling: Dentists rely on fillings to fix small chips in your tooth enamel. If the affected tooth is visible (i.e. in the front of your mouth), a procedure called bonding is done using a tooth-colored composite resin.
Dental Cap/Crown: If you have a lot of decay, or the damaged area is very large, a crown or tooth-shaped cap is applied. A dental cap or crown protects the tooth and improves appearances.
Dental Veneers: Chipped or broken teeth can appear whole and healthy again thanks to a natural-colored dental veneer.
Root Canal: In the most severe cases, a root canal may be necessary to prevent infection if the break is large enough to expose the pulp.
How long does emergency dental care for a chipped or broken tooth take?
Dental crowns and veneers usually require two trips to the dentist. Generally, each appointment is scheduled about 2-3 weeks apart.
For about 2-4 hours following a dental crown procedure, patients typically experience numbness in the mouth and minor tooth sensitivity Avoid cold/hot foods, and don’t chew on the affected side of your mouth for at least 2-3 days after treatment.
Unlike crowns, which require more of your tooth to be filed down, veneers require very little tooth shaving. As a result, you face less pain during recovery. Typically, recovery from the first treatment is significantly longer and more painful than the second. The second appointment is when you are fitted with the actual veneer.