Have you broken or chipped a tooth recently? If so you might have decided to ignore it instead of making an appointment to see Dr Rik Trivedi or another dentist in Kent. This could cost you dear, as neglecting damage to your teeth could mean they become decayed or infected, and eventually they may even need extracting; you might find yourself having to have dental implants in Kent.

In comparison, seeking treatment early helps to keep things simple and a lot cheaper. Chipped or broken teeth can be repaired in a number of different ways depending on how much of your tooth structure has been destroyed. Relatively small chips can be mended through bonding the tooth. This is something that can be done very easily in just one quick visit to Parrock Dental and Implant Centre. The process uses the same type of composite resin that is used to fill teeth. The resin can be used to replace lost areas of your tooth structure, and is perfect for making minor repairs to teeth that may have broken off corners, or which have minor chips or cracks.

An alternative is to have the tooth veneered, and this can be quite a good choice if it’s right in the front of the mouth. Dental veneers consist of very thin pieces of tooth coloured porcelain and these are firmly bonded onto the front of the tooth. One advantage of choosing a veneer over the composite bonding is as it should last a lot longer. Composite can become stained after a few years, whereas a dental veneer can last up to 10 years before it needs replacing. Dental veneers to take a little longer to complete, and you’ll need to visit our Kent surgery at least two or three times for this treatment. Dr Trivedi will need to shape your tooth and will take an impression that is sent to our dental laboratory so your veneer can be custom-made. The final step is to fix and cement it in place.

If you have lost a more substantial amount of tooth structure then you may be better off having the tooth crowned. The crown fits right over the tooth, right down to the junction where the tooth meets the gum and is an excellent way of restoring it to full function.

Do you have a chipped or broken tooth, then why not give us a call on 01474 537191 to book an appointment? Our dentists will be able to advise you of the best choice for your situation. In the meantime you can find out more about all these options on our website at www.parrockdental.co.uk