How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Realizing a part of your tooth has broken off can understandably cause a sense of panic. Whether your tooth has accidentally chipped from chewing hard food, falling, or the sudden impact of a sports injury, the repercussions of damaged enamel often include difficulty chewing and gum irritation—not to mention the aesthetic effects of a gap in your smile. Luckily, our cosmetic dentists at Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey offer several fast and easy treatments to repair mild to severe chips in the tooth structure:

  • Mild damage: Small fractures in the tooth can often be addressed with cosmetic bonding, a technique that layers a durable resin on the damaged area to effectively restore the full shape of the tooth. The enamel is then color-matched to the shade of your smile for natural-looking results.
  • Mild to moderate damage: Porcelain veneers can be a brilliant fix for many mild to moderate chips and cracks in the enamel, with a treatment designed to place an ultra-thin porcelain shell on the front of the affected tooth. This can mask the chip and achieve the full proportions of a healthy tooth structure.
  • Severe damage: A tooth that has been badly damaged or decayed may require a porcelain crown, a more restorative treatment intended to rehabilitate the function of the tooth as much as its appearance. At our practice, our CEREC® same-day restorations are custom-made at the time of your appointment, eliminating the need for turnaround time or a dental lab.

A simple consultation with our cosmetic dentist can determine the best treatment to recover the full integrity of your tooth and smile. In most cases, a chipped tooth can be repaired in as little as one office visit. If you would like to learn more, or if you need emergency dental attention, please contact Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey today.