There are a variety of effective options for fixing chipped front teeth. The right choice for you will depend on how much of your enamel has chipped off and how damaged your teeth are, but the most common remedies are fillings or dental bonding, crowns, and veneers.
Dental Fillings or Bonding
Fillings are typically only used if you have a very small chip in your tooth. Dental fillings are made of a composite material that molds to the surface of your tooth. A similar process called bonding is more often used for chipped front teeth. With bonding, we shape the composite material used for fillings into the correct shape to cover the chipped area, then use an ultraviolet light to harden the material in place.
For larger breaks on your front teeth, we might suggest dental crowns. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover your existing teeth. They can be made out of metal, which is the most durable but least natural-looking, resin, which looks natural but is not very strong, or porcelain, which is both sturdy and incredibly natural in appearance. Crowns usually take two visits to our office. At the first visit, we will take X-rays and impressions, and we may need to file away part of your affected teeth to prepare them for crown placement. We will give you temporary crowns in the meantime, and when your custom crowns have been prepared, you will return to our office so we can cement them in place.
Veneers are another option for repairing more significantly chipped front teeth. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded in place over your natural teeth. Similar to the process for getting crowns, veneers also require an initial office visit for taking impressions and shaving down your affected teeth, followed by a second visit to permanently bond your custom veneers to the surface of your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns and veneers are both highly durable, natural-looking, and you can care for them like your natural teeth. If you have chipped or broken front teeth, call our office right away to discuss your options for fixing them so they do not get worse or lead to more serious problems.