How Can My Dentist Fix My Chipped Tooth?

Cartoon of a child with a chipped tooth after getting a soccer ball in the face.

Sometimes accidents happen that leave you or a family member with a chip in your tooth. Maybe you bit down on something hard like a piece of ice, hard candy or a bone. Or caught the end of an elbow, ball or stick to the face while playing sports. Nighttime teeth grinding can also cause tooth chips. So can falls or auto accidents. While we certainly don’t wish a chipped tooth on anyone, the good news is that it can be fixed with the right dental treatment. What solution is good for you will depend on how severe the chip is and where it is located. Here are some of the options available.

Dental Bonding

If you just have a small chip, we might recommend that you get dental bonding. Bonding is when we apply a composite resin material to your tooth and shape it so that it covers the chip and blends in seamlessly. This is a simple, routine procedure, and it’s more affordable than some of the other options.

Dental Crown

For chips that are a bit bigger, a dental crown might be the best choice for you. With a dental crown, we make a custom "cap" that looks like a natural tooth and surrounds your chipped tooth. Dental crowns do a good job of strengthening a tooth and preventing further damage. This makes them a popular choice if you’ve lost a lot of your natural tooth structure with the chip.

Dental Veneers

Another option for larger-sized chips is dental veneers. With this treatment, we apply a super-thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain to the outside of your tooth. You won’t even notice the difference between your veneer and your natural tooth!

Smile Repair in Gastonia, NC

To figure out which of these treatment solutions might work for you, schedule a consultation at Gastonia Family Dentistry. We provide all of these restoration procedures. We can answer any questions you might have about how to move forward. Our dental team looks forward to helping you on your smile journey!


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