What are my options for repairing a chipped tooth?

Teeth are tough, but they are not immune to chips, cracks and breaks. Activites from sports, to falling down to even something as simple and common as chewing can result in a chipped tooth. There is no reason to panic if you chip a tooth due to biting down on something hard or catching a blow to the face. Many dental treatment options are available to repair your smile, based on the severity of the damage. A few common treatment options include:

Dental Fillings or Bonding

If just a small piece of enamel has chipped off, a dentist may repair your tooth with a filling. If the damage was done to a front tooth, he or she may use a simple procedure called bonding to repair it. When a tooth is bonded, it is etched with a special liquid then covered with a tooth-covered bonding material made of composite resin. An ultraviolet light hardens the material, and the result is a natural appearance and durable solution.

Dental Cap or Crown

If the chip is larger, the dentist may file or grind away a portion of the remaining tooth and protect it with a tooth-shaped cap called a crown. Dental crowns may be made of resin, ceramic, metal or porcelain fused to metal, ranging in appearance and strength.

Dental implants may be used to support a crown if the damaged tooth mus be removed. During this procedure, a small titanium post is securely inserted into the jawbone. Another post is attached to provide support for the crown, which can last a lifetime with proper care.

Dental Veneers

Made of a thin sliver of resin or porcelain, dental veneers are adhered to the front of a chipped tooth with a special cement. Natural-looking and comfortable, veneers are a great solution for chipped teeth because they are applied directly to your own healthy tooth.

A chipped tooth can be unsightly for your smile, and in some cases be uncomfortable and potentially harmful if the chiiped edge is sharp, so your dentist can provide quick, effective and long-term treatments to correct your smile. Discuss these options and don’t put off getting that chiiped tooth repaired and your smile looking great again.

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Repairing a chipped tooth
Dental treatment options for repairing a chipped tooth.