How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

When a tooth becomes chipped, cracked, or otherwise broken, our dentist Jason Keckley, DMD can select from a variety of treatment options to restore its strength and natural appearance. The approach that is best-suited for each repair depends on a variety of factors that Dr. Keckley evaluates during your appointment. Based on the extent of the damage, the overall health of the tooth, and your personal preferences regarding the quality of the outcome, Dr. Keckley will help you navigate between cosmetic bonding, a porcelain veneer, or a dental crown. Each of these options can be customized to match your tooth color and create a seamless repair. There are variations in the lifespan, strength, and pricing of each option, and Dr. Keckley will take the time to explain the pros and cons of each so that you can make the most informed decision about your care.

Dental bonding is considered to be the quickest and least costly of the options for repairing a chipped tooth. During the bonding process, tooth-colored composite resin is layered over the damaged portion of the tooth to rebuild its full shape. Once the resin is cured and polished, your tooth can appear totally restored. While bonding work generally remains intact long-term, the resin material may discolor after about five or more years, requiring replacement to maintain a natural look. For patients who desire stronger, longer-lasting results that can remain natural-looking for decades, a porcelain veneer can deliver the highest-quality outcome. If the structure of the damaged tooth is too compromised to support bonding or a porcelain veneer, a dental crown may be recommended. A custom dental crown can be the best method for reconstructing the strength, structure, and appearance of the tooth, while adequately protecting the remaining healthy tooth material. For those interested in same-day custom crowns, we are able to use our CEREC® machine to craft crowns in the span of one office visit!

If you have a chipped tooth and want to learn more about the repair options available at Coronado Classic Dentistry, please contact our practice today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Keckley.