How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

ModelThere are several ways to fix a chipped tooth, and at True Dentistry our team of experienced cosmetic dentists can create a personalized treatment plan aimed at restoring your tooth and smile. The first concern to evaluate is how badly the tooth has been chipped or broken. During your appointment, your dentist will perform a comprehensive exam and take digital x-rays to assess the condition of your tooth. If the tooth is badly broken and/or compromised by extensive decay, it is likely that a custom porcelain crown restoration can provide the protection, strength, structure, and natural appearance your tooth needs. Before the crown can be placed, the tooth must be prepared by removing any decay and shaping the tooth body to support and accommodate the crown.

For smaller cracks and chips, more conservative approaches for tooth repair— either placement of a custom porcelain veneer or cosmetic dental bonding—may be suitable. While cosmetic bonding is typically a quick, affordable way to repair a chipped tooth, a porcelain veneer can provide stronger, longer-lasting results. Cosmetic bonding is performed with tooth-colored composite resin, which is essentially a type of durable plastic material. When performed by a skilled cosmetic dentist, the results achieved with dental bonding can effectively conceal the chip and look very natural; however, over the course of time, the composite resin can discolor and must be replaced. Since a porcelain veneer covers the entire front-side of the damaged tooth with a thin shell of high-quality, stain-resistant ceramic material, the results can remain durable and beautifully colorfast for up to 15 years or more with proper care. Your dentist will thoroughly review the benefits and limitations of each option, and help you choose a treatment that aligns with your needs, goals, and budget.

If you have a chipped or damaged tooth, we encourage you to contact True Dentistry to schedule a consultation with one of our world-class dentists!

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