I've Chipped a Tooth. Now What?

by Dr. Yasaman Garakani on August 24, 2015

Teeth can take a lot of wear and tear, and sometimes through the course of our lives they can become chipped or broken. Whether accidently chewing on something hard, like a bone, or through athletic activity, if you chip a tooth, you should find the chip, put it in a moist bag and visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Visit your dentist as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more you risk doing permanent nerve damage, which can be costly and time consuming to treat. In most cases, if you have the tooth chip, your dentist will etch the enamel of both the tooth and the chip to smooth each surface, and then use an adhesive to put the chip back in place, ensuring that the shades match. This is always preferable to having the tooth bonded

If you don’t have the tooth chip, your dentist will bond the tooth, though in many cases restoring a chipped tooth in this way makes it more difficult to match the shades exactly.  Bonded material reflects light differently than tooth enamel, so in some cases and situations the bonded material will look different than the original tooth. 

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