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Although your tooth enamel is tough, it is still vulnerable to chipping. Facial trauma like a blow to your face and even using your teeth to tear open packaging or biting down on hard foods and ice can cause a chipped tooth.  

Besides aesthetics, it is essential to visit your dentist for an evaluation of the damaged tooth. A superficial chip may go deeper than you realise, causing discomfort and infection if left untreated. Understanding how to fix a chipped tooth ensures you make the right decision for your oral health.

 

How to Fix a Chipped Tooth?

There are several dental solutions for repairing a chipped tooth. Your dentist will determine the best restorative or cosmetic treatment, such as dental veneers for your smile, based on the severity of the chip and the location of the tooth in your mouth.  

If your chip is minor, your tooth may only need recontouring, bonding or porcelain veneers. However, if the break is more significant, you may need a dental crown to restore the tooth’s functionality. 

Dental veneers are a popular solution for repairing a chipped tooth because they can address other dental issues like discolouration at the same time. If you’ve ever wondered how to fix a chipped tooth, at A2Z Dental, we have several effective treatments to restore your smile. 

 

  • Recontouring a Cosmetic Chip 

If you only have a minor cosmetic chip, your dentist can restore your smile by smoothing out the enamel. This simple and effective procedure involves sanding down the chip to reshape the enamel and smooth the surface.   

 

  • Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are an ideal solution for repairing teeth toward the front of your mouth. If you are unhappy with your smile, dental veneers can transform it.   

veneers how to fix a chipped tooth rockhamptonDental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that cover the front of your teeth with a thicker section that fills the chipped portion of the damaged tooth. 

You can choose a single porcelain veneer or get dental veneers on all your front teeth for a smile makeover. Besides repairing your chipped tooth, porcelain veneers also mask small gaps between teeth, disguise stained teeth, perfect crooked teeth and improve your bite. 

At A2Z Dental, we offer high-quality CEREC dental veneers milled onsite from a single block of ceramic. These ultra-thin porcelain veneers are custom-made for your mouth and can be fabricated and fitted in a single visit so you can go home with a brand new smile the same day. 

 

  • Dental Bonding a Small Break

Dental bonding is another non-invasive option for repairing a chipped tooth. Your dentist uses tooth-coloured composite resin to restore your tooth’s appearance. After preparing the tooth surface with a dental etching liquid, your dentist applies the bonding agent, shaping it to fill the gap. Your dentist then uses a special light to cure the composite resin before final shaping and polishing.   

 

  • Dental Crowns

For larger chips and fractures, a dental crown is a more suitable option than dental veneers. Dental veneers are cosmetic and cannot repair any underlying damage or strengthen the tooth’s structure. Dental crowns offer the same natural appearance as porcelain veneers, but crowns act as a protective cap for the tooth, stabilising the remaining tooth structure. 

However, crowns require significantly more tooth preparation than porcelain veneers. The tooth needs to have a thicker layer of enamel removed from the entire tooth (not just the front) to accommodate the crown. 

 

Restore Your Smile at A2Z Dental 

From dental veneers to bonding, understanding how to fix a chipped tooth can prevent serious oral health issues and help you regain your confident smile. To find out more information about porcelain veneers and other restorative cosmetic treatments, contact A2Z Dental at our Queensland practice locations, or fill out our online form to make a booking.

Rockhampton: (07) 4243 6018
Emerald: (07) 4243 603

 

 

Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.