What to Do for a Chipped Tooth

Do you have a chipped or broken tooth? Relax, it can happen to anyone, and you now have a variety of ways to treat the troubled tooth, all of which Dr. Tom Trinkner can perform in his Columbia SC office.

  1. Dental Crowns

Crowns are lifelike caps for your damaged teeth that are crafted by your dentist that protect and restore their appearance and function. Crowns are regularly suggested by family dentistry experts to repair chipped or broken teeth. As a result, crowns are now one of the most common restorative dental procedures performed today. Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, but Dr. Trinkner prefers non-metal restorations such as porcelain dental crowns for a highly natural-looking restoration.

The process for dental crowns usually takes two visits. On the first appointment, Dr. Trinkner will prepare the tooth and place a temporary crown. The final restoration will be fabricated in a dental laboratory, carefully made from fine layers of ceramic. On the last visit, Dr. Trinkner will permanently secure the crown on the tooth. Your new dental crown will last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and routine dental care.

  1. Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, porcelain coverings that are fastened to chipped or damaged teeth to restore their natural, healthy appearance. Veneers are a very popular choice because many patients feel they provide the most attractive and natural results. Veneers may last up to 30 years with proper care, so frequent replacement procedures will not be necessary. Porcelain veneers may boast a higher price tag than some other dental procedures, but many satisfied customers seem to indicate they are worth it.

  1. Dental Implants

A crack in a tooth that extends into the gum line can only be repaired by extracting the damaged tooth. After the extraction, a dental implant can be installed to replace your damaged natural tooth. In this procedure a natural-looking fabricated tooth is installed into the gum and jaw.  Not everyone can have implants immediately. Some patients require bone grafts to make the jawbone tissue strong enough to support an implant. Dental implants are also costly but it is the longest lasting and most natural solution to a damaged tooth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an expert dentist in Columbia SC, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tom Trinkner today by calling 803.400.8729 or schedule online.