We are pleased to announce that our office is open! • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. * All patients will be required to wear face coverings to enter the office. • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed. • Every patient will have their temperature taken upon entering the office. If above 100 degrees, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment for the safety of our staff and other patients. • We want you to call the office or text when you arrive for your dental appointment. We will then call you when your room is ready so you go straight back to the chair. For the time being, we will not have a “waiting room”. • Following your appointment, we will do a “virtual” checkout by calling you to take any payments and/or schedule any follow up appointments. • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That means that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. If you already have a scheduled appointment we may need to reschedule to a future date to be able to follow the new guidelines. We appreciate your patience as we all work through this pandemic and resume back to business. Sincerely Dr. Belnap, Dr. Jergense and staff,

How Are Chipped Teeth Treated?

May 6, 2017 — by tbelnap
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry Restorative Dentistry

Side-by-side images of the mouth of a patient with chipped teeth before and after treatmentTo be certain, a chipped tooth can compromise the aesthetics of an otherwise radiant, healthy smile. However, chipped teeth pose more than simply cosmetic problems. Whenever the structure of a tooth is damaged in some way, the chances of that tooth being lost at some point dramatically increases. Fortunately, there are many modern dental treatments that can effectively restore beauty, strength, and structural integrity to a chipped tooth.

At PQ Family Dental, the general, family, and cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Tim Belnap and Dr. W. Brandon Jergensen, we offer a comprehensive range of dental treatments, including those designed to return form, function, and health to all varieties of chipped teeth. After evaluating your damaged tooth or teeth, our skilled dentists will recommend the most conservative treatment plan that is likely to yield the best possible results given your unique circumstances. You will emerge from treatment with a whole, natural-looking smile and strong, healthy teeth.

If one or more of your teeth are chipped, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Tim Belnap or Dr. W. Brandon Jergensen at PQ Family Dental today.

What Types of Treatments for Chipped Teeth Are Available at PQ Family Dental?

There are several available treatment options for chipped teeth at PQ Family Dental. Our dentists will recommend the treatment or treatments best suited to your particular case by first performing a thorough oral exam. Whether you require a treatment that is primarily cosmetic or more restorative in scope will depend largely on the severity of the damage to your tooth or teeth.

The treatments for chipped teeth available at PQ Family Dental include:

  • Tooth-colored fillings: If a chip is relatively small, especially if it occurs in one of your premolars or molars, then a tooth-colored filling may provide the ideal treatment solution. A tooth-colored filling blends inconspicuously into the remaining tooth matter and, unlike traditional silver amalgam fillings, is metal and mercury free. Modern tooth-colored fillings are as strong and durable as their metal counterparts.
  • Inlays and onlays: Thanks to our in-house CEREC® milling machine, we are able to custom-craft ceramic inlays and onlays while you wait. An inlay is used to treat chips that occur within the protruding cusps of a tooth, while an onlay is used to treat chips that extend to one or more of the cusps.
  • Dental bonding: If your chip affects one of your front teeth, our dentists can apply a composite resin material that, when hardened, will conceal the chip and any other aesthetic flaws that may be present on the tooth.
  • Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are customized to be bonded to the front surfaces of chipped teeth. Veneers are crafted from the finest porcelain to replicate the appearance of natural teeth to an astonishing degree.
  • Dental crowns: For more severe chips, dental crowns may be the best available solution. Dental crowns are customized to cover the entire visible surface area of a tooth, restoring its strength and appearance while protecting it from further damage.

Learn More about Treatments for Chipped Teeth

To learn more about treatments for chipped teeth, please contact PQ Family Dental today.