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Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry

Correct That Chip

Having confidence in your smile is important. However, this can be hindered when you have a chipped tooth. With a chip, it can create insecurities in showing your teeth and limit you from embracing the beautiful smile you have. Here at Prescott Dental we understand your cosmetic dentistry needs, and want to help you embrace the smile you were meant to have by correcting your chip.

How a Chip Occurs

Several people throughout their lives have to deal with a chipped tooth at some point. This is caused by the enamel wearing down. The enamel can be worn down from acidic foods and drinks that decrease the strength of the enamel. Biting into something hard, falling or having an accident can cause the weakened enamel to break and create chips in your teeth. Whatever the reason, there are a few options for how to fix it.

Dental Bonding

The process for correcting a chipped tooth will depend on the severity of the chip. If the chip is smaller on the front teeth, it can be corrected through dental bonding. This is a quick and more simple procedure, where anesthesia is not necessary. The tooth will be roughened to ensure the material will adhere to it. A putty will be applied to the tooth, which will be shaped and smoothed. Once the shaping is done, the material is hardened by an ultraviolet light and the process is complete.

Veneers

For a more complete and stronger option that could last up to 30 years, porcelain veneers may be the way to go. Veneers are a cover for your teeth and bonded to the front of your teeth. This is a longer process than bonding. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth, where this will be sent to a lab to make the veneers. The veneers can be for one tooth or multiple for a complete smile restoration. The first appointment will be to prepare your teeth for the veneers, set a temporary veneer, where the second appointment will then set the custom veneers in place.

Crowns

If the chip on your tooth is severe or you have significant pain when eating/drinking, a crown may be what you need. This is a bit more invasive than the other options, but most common and long lasting. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers your tooth to protect and improve the appearance of your tooth. This process includes anesthesia or sedation to ensure comfortability. The teeth need to be prepared for the crown, and then take an impression to have a mold made. A temporary crown will be used until the final impression comes in and can be bonded to the teeth in the second appointment.

 

Overall, whether your chip concerns are small to severe, there are several options to help. Prescott Dental wants to ensure that your cosmetic needs are addressed and the cracked chip gets fixed for you to embrace your true smile!

 

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Dental Services in Prescott Arizona

Get to Know Our Doctors

Prescott Dentistry is one of the leading providers of dental services in Prescott, Arizona. As a family-owned business, we understand the importance of excellent dental hygiene, and oral care. We are committed to providing patients the best care possible in a fun, pleasant environment. Prescott Dentistry invites you to get to know our doctors who have been taking care of our dental family for years.
 
Dr. Montes
 
Dr. Sergio Montes was raised in Arizona and earned his degree in Molecular and Cell biology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. As a research scientist at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, he published several articles on cardiac disease before leaving medicine to pursue his career in dental health.
 
Dr. Montes graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. While he and his wife loved the Midwest, they knew that Arizona was the place for them. Dr. Montes has been practicing dentistry in Prescott since 2006.
 
Dr. Montes maintains a focus in his practice on non-invasive approaches to treating teeth and caring customer service. He has invested thousands of hours of advanced dental education with a specific focus on bonding techniques that are a more natural, healthy solution for broken down teeth.
 
Dr. Thompson
 
Dr. Nathan Thompson came to Prescott Dentistry in the summer of 2012 after having served honorably for five years in the US Army as both an officer (captain) and dentist. During his time in the service, he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, and also served overseas in both Iraq (Baghdad – Camp Liberty of the Victory Base Complex) and in Germany (Ansbach, Bavaria).
 
While in Germany, Dr. Thompson received extensive orthodontic training during a one-year internship and has completed hundreds of orthodontic cases (both traditional bracket/wire and Invisalign). As an Invisalign “Preferred Provider” Dr. Thompson has provided Invisalign treatment to many in our community including a few of our staff members at Prescott Dentistry!
 
Prior to his military service, Dr. Thompson received his dental training at USC where he trained 1-on-1 with the best BIOMIMETIC dental instructors in the country. Dr. Thompson’s training focus was in advanced bonded composites, porcelains and minimally-invasive restorative procedures. He is also a proud NAU (Northern Arizona University) Lumberjack, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry (focusing on Organic Chemistry and teaching in the “O-Chem” lab as a Teaching Assistant for three years). On his down time, Dr. Thompson volunteers with the youth of his church, serves as a Venture Crew leader for the Boy Scouts of America and spends as much quality time as possible with his beautiful wife and five children.