How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Do you have a chipped tooth? If so, you may be surprised to know that there are several popular dental treatment options that can effectively fix the problem with long-lasting and natural-looking results!

Chipping or breaking a tooth is actually quite common. In many cases, chips are caused by a facial injury or a fall; however, they can also be the unfortunate result of using the teeth to open a package or a bottle (which is never a good idea). Even chips or breaks that are very small can have a big effect on the look of your smile. The good news is, our dentists in Chula Vista offer treatments such as porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, and dental crowns that can successfully address these concerns and help you renew your smile.

A porcelain veneer is often the go-to treatment for a chipped tooth, and for good reason. Porcelain veneers are strong, thin shells that are custom-designed to fit over teeth that have been aesthetically compromised in some way. A veneer is made to fit comfortably and naturally over the front part of the chipped tooth, restoring its shape and symmetry and creating results that look like the tooth was never damaged in the first place.

If you’re looking for an alternative to porcelain veneers that can restore a chipped tooth, cosmetic dental bonding may be the ideal option. This procedure involves the placement of a composite resin material on the affected tooth. The resin is precisely sculpted to fill in the gap created by the chip, which can ultimately restore the tooth to its previous appearance.

If a tooth is chipped so severely that dental function and health may be in danger, a dental crown is often the recommended treatment. Dental crowns are custom-crafted to fit over the entire tooth, dramatically enhancing its appearance while simultaneously reinforcing and protecting it. Like porcelain veneers, dental crowns are meticulously designed to provide natural-looking results and are color-matched to surrounding teeth for a virtually seamless blend.

Each option for repairing a chipped tooth has its own set of advantages, and one may be more ideal than the other in certain cases. Once you have been examined by our dentist, she can talk with you about which treatment is best for your unique needs.

A chipped tooth doesn’t have to keep you from flashing your brightest smile! Contact us today for more information on how we can help, or to schedule an appointment here at Thompson Center for Dentistry.