Even the best cared for teeth can become chipped due to accidents such as tripping over or sports injuries. Teeth that are weakened by decay can also become chipped when biting hard or chewing. If your tooth is chipped, you should contact your dentist straight away. Left untreated, they can develop more serious problems as the sensitive inner parts of the tooth may be exposed.
If you have a small chip in your tooth enamel, this can often be fixed with a filling in a single visit. If a large part of your tooth has broken off, you may require more extensive treatment and more than one visit to the practice - your dentist will be able to advise you about this on examination.How is a broken tooth treated?
A small chip in a tooth near the back of your mouth can often be repaired with a filling. A tooth-coloured composite material can often be used, which makes the filling largely unnoticeable. Your dentist will remove any decay and smooth the edges before the filling is placed. This can commonly be done in one visit
- Dental Bonding
If you have a small chip in your front tooth, your dentist may recommend dental bonding. This will repair your tooth using a tooth-coloured composite. The colour will be matched, as closely as possible, to your natural teeth. Your dentist will apply a gel to the affected tooth followed by an adhesive and then the bonding material. This material is shaped to look like a natural tooth and hardened using a special light
When a large piece of tooth has broken away or when the natural tooth is very decayed, a crown or cap may be the best option. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over the top of your teeth. They can be made from metal, porcelain or composite material. Your dentist will advise you on the most suitable material for you
A filling material is used to give your tooth added strength before the crown is placed on top. An impression is taken of your affected tooth and the corresponding tooth that bites down on it. It takes a week or two for your crown to be made in the dental laboratory. Your dentist may place a temporary crown whilst your permanent crown is being made
When a front tooth is chipped, dental veneers maybe the ideal, aesthetically pleasing option to restore your smile
A dental veneer is a thin sliver of porcelain or composite resin material, which is placed over the whole front of your tooth. Your dentist will prepare your tooth by removing a small amount of enamel and will take impressions of your tooth. These are sent to the laboratory for your veneers to be made. Once your veneer is ready your dentist will use a special bonding material to fit it to your tooth
- Stronger teeth
- Reduces the danger of food getting stuck in gaps and cracks, which could cause more serious problems
- A smile you are proud to show off