How Can A Dentist Correct A Chipped Canine Tooth?

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The canines are the sharp pointed teeth near the front of your mouth that are responsible for helping grab onto food and passing it back to the molars for grinding. A chipped canine can cause problems with chewing and can prove to be a major blow to your self-esteem since the canines are near the front of the mouth and their distinct shapes make the teeth even more prominent.

There are a few ways that a cosmetic dentist can repair a chipped canine to improve your daily life and appearance. Discuss your specific options during your next office visit.

Veneer or Bond

If the chip is concentrated towards the front of the tooth and hasn't caused any damage to the root canal, your dentist might be able to simply cover up the damage to the tooth using either a veneer or a dental bond.

Veneers and bonds work similarly in that each method involves placing an artificial material over the front surface of your tooth to reshape its appearance. But veneers are lab-created, rigid porcelain shells, while bonds are a soft resin material that is hand-sculpted onto the natural tooth and then hardened into place using a light.

Bonds tend to be cheaper and are a good option if you are on a budget. But porcelain veneers are a bit sturdier than resin bonds and are at less risk of chipping when the canine tooth repeatedly bites into food over time.

Dental Crown

Is the crack more substantial or on the rear or sides of the tooth? Your dentist might advised a dental crown—specifically, a metal-backed porcelain crown that will be strong enough to withstand the canine tooth's bite force without looking unnatural like a stronger, all-metal crown.

A dental crown is lab-crafted to fit over the entire natural canine to provide what is essentially a new dentin layer. The crown can help protect the tooth from further damage and the chip from worsening due to repeated, continued bite force.

Root Canal with Dental Crown

If the chip has caused damage to the root canal in the center of your canine, the dentist will need to perform a root canal before applying the dental crown. Crowns are commonly used with root canal procedures because the dentist has to open a hole in the tooth to access the canal and the crown can later cover that hole completely.

Your dentist will simply access the canal, clean out the damaged material, seal the canal shut, and then apply the crown. Fixing the canal helps keep the interior of the tooth healthy and stable, which in turn continues to provide a solid base for the dental crown.

Contact a local dental clinic, such as Hill Crest Dental Centre, to treat your chipped canine.

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