By drscotto@drscotto.com
November 04, 2013
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As November kicks off to a start, we’re diving headfirst into the holiday season. As we feast, party, and spend time with our loved ones, there are whole new opportunities for our teeth to come under fire. The extra snacking and sweets can lead to not only to cavities, but also to chipped teeth. During the holidays, patients are more likely to use their teeth as tools. Whether opening a present, cracking a nut, or opening a bottle, there’s a chance that the activity could lead to a chipped or broken tooth. If you suddenly find your tooth is missing a piece, don’t panic – Dr. Scotto and our Schenectady team are ready to tackle your dental dilemma.

Chipped Tooth Treatment

There are different levels of dental damage. But even if you feel that your situation isn’t extreme, there could be hidden, harmful aspects accompanying your chipped tooth. No matter the case, get in touch with our office right away so that we can evaluate your teeth.

Depending on your chip or break, we’ll recommend one of the following treatments.

  • Porcelain Veneers – Veneers are strong, v-shaped restorations that create a new, external tooth layer. Veneers aren’t always necessary for chipped teeth, but can be a very effective way to create new structure where it’s lacking. Porcelain veneers will last for many years, and look like a natural part of your smile.
  • Dental Bonding – Bonding applies dental resin to a tooth to add structure. The resin is tooth-colored and indistinguishable from your other teeth. Bonding is also direct, meaning it can be done chairside, during a single appointment. You’ll be back to celebrating in no time! Composite bonding is right for minor chips.
  • Dental Crowns – If your tooth has suffered more significant damage, we’ll recommend a dental crown. This is the most thorough way to add security and structure to a broken tooth. We’ll provide you with temporary crowns while you wait for the permanent crowns to be made, so you won’t spend any longer with a compromised smile.

Dealing with a Dental Emergency

If you’re in pain or your teeth have been damaged, contact us right away! We will help you get back on track, and back to your holiday activities.

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Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
518-374-9770

  

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