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Cosmetic Dentistry

How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Teeth that have been broken or “chipped” can have a significant aesthetic effect on your smile. In fact, even a small chip can be quite noticeable. Although the teeth are naturally strong and durable, they are certainly not impervious to harm. A traumatic injury or using the teeth to pry open a package/bottle are the most common ways to chip a tooth. Fortunately, individuals who experience this condition have several options that can effectively address a chipped tooth and restore its appearance. 

Some of the most popular treatments for chipped teeth include:

Porcelain Veneers 
Porcelain veneers are typically the most ideal options for teeth affected by chips and other aesthetic dental imperfections. A veneer is delicately and precisely designed to mimic the appearance of the natural tooth. This restoration covers the front surface of the affected tooth and “hides” the chip by recreating the tooth’s original shape and contour. Porcelain veneers are often the best treatment for chipped teeth because of their ability to produce natural-looking outcomes and results that can last for decades. 

Cosmetic Dental Bonding 
Another effective way to fix a chipped tooth is a treatment known as cosmetic dental bonding. This option utilizes special dental materials and techniques to rebuild the affected tooth and eliminate signs of the chip. Our dentist will carefully apply a tooth-colored resin to the tooth and shape it to restore its original appearance. Compared to porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding does not produce results that last quite as long; however, the treatment can yield outcomes that last for several years with the proper care. 

Dental Crown 
If a chip is particularly severe, a dental crown may be recommended. Crowns are typically necessary when the damage is so significant that the health of the tooth is at risk. This restorative option is custom-designed to produce the most natural look, fit, and feel possible. Unlike porcelain veneers, dental crowns cover the entire tooth rather than just the front portion, which can ultimately prevent the tooth from additional deterioration. Our practice offers advanced CEREC® dental crowns, which can be designed, produced, and placed in a single appointment. 

To learn more about our cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, please contact Scottsdale Smile Center.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

smiling womanDo you often find yourself hesitant to smile because of chips, gaps, stains, and/or other perceived tooth imperfections? At Scottsdale Smile Center, Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs offer porcelain veneers to help restore the function and aesthetics of our patients’ teeth. Bonded to the front of each affected tooth, porcelain veneers are custom-designed to conceal damage, discolorations, misalignments, and size inconsistencies with durable, natural-looking results that can last for years.

If you are considering porcelain veneers to enhance your smile, one of our experienced dentists can perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth to determine if this would be the most effective procedure for your specific needs and goals. Should you qualify as a good candidate, Drs. Chiappetti or Coombs will be able to provide a proper estimate of what the treatment may cost.

In general, the cost of porcelain veneers will depend on a variety of different factors, including the particular number of dental veneers necessary to achieve your goals. To help you cover the expense of your procedure, we offer long-term financing options via CareCredit® and Capital One® Financing, and our friendly staff will check to see if any part of your treatment may be covered by your dental insurance provider. For your convenience, we also accept cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards if you would like to pay without financial assistance. Ultimately, we strive to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.

To receive a personalized estimate for the cost of porcelain veneers, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

porcelain veneersIf you are seeking a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can restore both form and function to your teeth, porcelain veneers may be an excellent option. Fabricated from durable ceramic material, porcelain veneers can be bonded to the outside of your teeth to conceal a number of common dental issues, including:

  • Chipped, cracked, and/or broken teeth
  • Stains and discolorations of the teeth
  • Gaps and spaces between the teeth
  • Crooked and/or misaligned teeth
  • Disproportionately-sized and/or worn-down teeth

Custom-designed to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable once placed over the affected portion of the tooth. The procedure can typically be completed in just two dental visits, and the results have been known to last for several years – sometimes even decades. Additionally, they don’t require any extra care and maintenance apart from regular brushing, flossing, and routine teeth cleanings. Ultimately, porcelain veneers can provide an excellent, long-term smile restoration with natural-looking results.

For more information about porcelain dental veneers, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists – Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti – please don’t hesitate to contact Scottsdale Smile Center today.

How Much Does a Smile Design Makeover Cost?

Are you self-conscious about your smile due to the aesthetics of your teeth and/or gums? At Scottsdale Smile Center, our experienced dentists, Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti, provide various cosmetic and restorative dentistry options that can be combined to create a customized Smile Design makeover you’re proud to show off. Some of the most common smile design treatments include porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, gum reshaping, dental implants, and even Invisalign®.

If you are interested in receiving a Smile Design makeover, one of our dentists can evaluate your teeth and gums using advanced diagnostic technologies to identify specific treatments that may be most effective for your unique needs and goals. Based on the particular procedures recommended for ideal results, Drs. Coombs or Chiappetti will be able to provide a close estimate of what the entire treatment will likely cost.

To help you cover the cost of your Smile Design, we provide long-term financing options through Capital One® Financing and CareCredit® intended to make your treatment more affordable. Additionally, we will check with your dental insurance provider to help you determine if any part of the cost is covered on your plan. Should you choose to pay for your Smile Design without financial assistance, we also accept cash, checks, ATM cards, and most major credit cards.

For more personalized information about the cost of your Smile Design makeover and our available payment plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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