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Help! I’ve Chipped my Tooth!

Posted in Veneers

Ok – so you chipped your tooth playing a sport or maybe even biting into a piece of something hard. Whatever caused the chip doesn’t matter now. You just want your tooth fixed. Did you know that chipped teeth are the most common dental injury in the US? So – you are not alone! Many have chipped their teeth before you and many will chip their teeth after you!

There are several ways that your dental professional may repair the chipped tooth. If you are in pain or fear there could also be a crack, call your dentist’s office and schedule an appointment right away.

Here are some of the options for repairing a chipped tooth:

  • Dental Bonding: This is the most used procedure for tooth chipping. Your dentist will use a composite resin material to fill in the area that is chipped. Then that material will be hardened. Lastly, the area is filled to match the rest of your teeth.
  • Enamel Shaping: This can be used with it is a relatively small chip. Basically the tooth is filed to make a new shape or surface.
  • Dental Veneers: Veneers are typically used on front teeth when the tooth cannot be repaired with enamel shaping or dental bonding. A veneer is a thin porcelain piece that covers the surface of your chipped tooth.

Whatever way you decide to go, make sure all options are discussed with your trusted dental professional. Also, make sure to be careful. Wearing mouth guards during playing sports can help to protect your teeth from other injuries in the future.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry


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