My tooth has chipped! What should I do? | San Diego Best Dentist

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Usually, it starts innocently. After biting into a hard piece of candy, you realize there is one piece that won’t dissolve. You look at it, and you are overcome with fear when you see it is a chipped piece of a tooth. Fear not, this is very common and an extremely easy fix. 

Even though enamel is one of the hardest substances in the body, it has its limits. If you grind your teeth at night or chew on ice, you are always putting your teeth at risk. Chipped teeth are not a cause for alarm. By visiting a dentist, you can have your beautiful smile restored in the following ways:


The bonding process can be very helpful in repairing chipped teeth as it has many structural uses. Bonding teeth is a simple procedure that doesn’t require numbing and can last anywhere between three and ten years. If the damage to your tooth is relatively minor and the chip in your tooth is subtle, this procedure may be appropriate. The bonding materials used are naturally matched to your teeth and can be designed to look just like natural teeth. Those around you will find it difficult to notice that you ever chipped a tooth, and your smile will appear as if it were brand new.

Dental Crown

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that can be placed over your tooth. Think of it as a hat that fits snugly over your teeth. Dentists commonly use porcelain or zirconia to make crowns that closely resemble your natural teeth. A crown restores the tooth’s shape, size, function, and appearance after it has been damaged. Crowns are cemented into place on the tooth and cover the visible portion of the tooth.

Porcelain Veneers

A porcelain veneer consists of several thin layers of ceramic and is commonly used to repair chipped teeth. As a replacement for the original enamel, they will be bonded to the teeth using a special adhesive. Porcelain veneers are also an excellent way to restore the appearance of healthy teeth and can last anywhere from ten to thirty years.

Today, there have been numerous advances in dentistry that allow a chipped tooth to be easily repaired. No one will ever know you had your teeth restored. Regardless of whether you need a complicated dental repair or just want to improve your smile, we are here for you. Please contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment.

Paul Taylor, DMD- Advanced Dentistry
Phone: (858) 496-7521
4320 Genesee Ave., Suite 101
San Diego , CA 92117