Chipped or Broken Front Tooth Emergency?

Four Great Solutions for Fixing a Broken or Chipped Front Tooth


We know self-esteem is important and we’ve got you covered. Here we’ll explain:

  •  Solutions: If you have a chip on your teeth, chances are, we have a fix.

  • Which Option Is The Better Choice: Some options might be better than others, we’ll explain.


Image of a patient who has a chipped front tooth in Lincoln, NE.

A chipped front tooth is a frequent occurrence and is the cause of serious concern due to its unsightly appearance. A chip often occurs on the upper central incisors, the most visible and aesthetically important teeth. They play a major role in the self-esteem of a person, and even the smallest chip may alter one’s image. If you feel you have multiple problems to correct, consider cosmetic dentistry.


First Solution for a smaller chip:
Recontouring

If the chip on a tooth is minuscule, simple re-contouring or polishing can correct it. Re-contouring is one of the most conservative cosmetic procedures. It involves the removal of small amounts of tooth enamel to correct the chip and is a relatively straight-forward procedure.

Solution for a largely chipped or broken tooth:
Bonding

If the chip in a front tooth is little larger and recontouring cannot correct it, then bonding can be performed. Bonding is the process of hardening a custom tooth-colored resin with a light, filling in spaces to get rid of chips. Bonding creates a smile that looks entirely natural while remaining a quick, convenient solution.

Solution for an extensively broken or chipped front tooth: Porcelain Veneer

Installing a porcelain veneer may be a better option if the chipped front tooth is extensive. Veneers are as thin as contact lenses and are bonded directly to the tooth with minimal drilling. This corrects chips while adding strength and durability. They are made of high-grade porcelain that looks natural, blends beautifully with the surrounding teeth, and is resistant to staining or discoloration.

Image of a dental crown, a solution for a severely fractured or broken tooth, and possibly a chipped front tooth.

Solution for a severely fractured or broken tooth: Dental Crown

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, and can correct severely fractured teeth. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain is the most popular because it resembles natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years.

If you have a severely fractured tooth, it is important to correct it as soon as possible, not only for aesthetics but also to prevent dental discomfort.  Any delay will increase the risk for a more extensive treatment such as a root canal (endodontic treatment).

When you decide it’s time to fix your chipped front tooth, consider our Lincoln family dentists Dr. Jodi Day, Dr. Brad Alderman, or Dr. Ben Joekel. In a chipped front tooth emergency, call our office to schedule an appointment right away. We’d be happy to help!



About Dr. Ben Joekel – Dr. Joekel’s goal as your dentist is to listen to your concerns and needs when it comes to your dental health. “Once your concerns are addressed, our goal as a team is to provide you with exceptional care that makes you feel comfortable. I want all of my patients to leave the office with a smile, knowing that their dental team cares for them as an individual and cares about their oral and overall health.” Schedule online 24/7 with Dr. Ben Joekel.


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