Repairing Chipped Teeth
There are a number of options for repairing a chipped tooth.
Tooth Bonding to Repair a Chipped Tooth
Tooth bonding is used in several different ways, but is probably most useful for repairing chipped teeth. Bonding materials (high-density, space-age plastics called composite resin) and porcelain–are more natural in color and can be designed to perfectly match the surrounding teeth making it difficult to discern there ever was a broken tooth.
Repairing Chipped Teeth With Crown & Veneers
If you have a chipped tooth in the back of your mouth, the dentist may recommend a dental crown. An AACD dentist will often use a tooth colored crown made of porcelain or zirconia. It is important that the material be durable and strong to withstand the clenching force.
A dental crown covers the entire tooth. If the chip does not affect the entire tooth, the dentist may opt for a partial crown. Also known as an onlay, a partial crown is a type of restoration or filling that covers one or more cusps. An inlay is similar to a filling but the work resides completely within the cusps on a tooth’s chewing surface. These restorations are much more conservative than crowns, and can be imperceptible from your natural tooth.
Porcelain veneers can be used to repair chipped teeth that are located in the smile zone. Porcelain laminate veneers consist of several thin layers of ceramic. Using a special adhesive, the veneers are bonded to the tooth to replace the original enamel. A very small amount of the original tooth enamel (generally less than a millimeter) in preparing for the veneer to create room for a comfortable fit.