At Vanguard OnCall Dental Urgent Care in Derry NH one of the dental emergencies we see most often are chipped teeth. In most cases treating them is a straightforward procedure. And half the time, they’re a reminder to always wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
It can be frightening to have a piece of a tooth break off. The way it’s treated depends on how severe it is. If it only involves a small piece of enamel then a simple filling is usually enough, and in just one office visit you’re good to go.
For larger chips we’ll probably use a procedure called bonding, especially if it’s a front tooth. In most instances bonding is a fairly simple procedure. The chipped area is prepared with a liquid or gel that roughens it so the bonding material adheres better. Then the bonding material, which is a resin that we can match to the color of the tooth, is applied and shaped like a natural tooth. Once that’s done we’ll harden it with an ultraviolet light.
Even larger chips may be treated with a dental crown. A crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth to strengthen and protect it.
At Vanguard OnCall Dental Urgent Care in Derry NH we have treated countless chipped teeth and other dental emergencies. People from Londonderry, Salem, and Chester rely on us for all kinds of tooth trauma. Walk-ins are always welcome!