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How Do Dentists Repair a Chipped Tooth?

December 9, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Russell Schafer
Repair a Chipped Tooth in Gretna, LA

There are various ways to repair a chipped tooth through restorative dentistry. The method your Gretna dentist chooses or recommends depends on the chip's size and the tooth's integrity.

In other words, minor chips require different restorative care than more pronounced dental damage.

3 Methods to Restore Your Chipped Tooth

Teeth chip for various reasons. Sometimes you bite into a hard object like a seed. Other times, you might injure your tooth during a competitive sport like baseball. People have also fractured their teeth due to bruxism (nocturnal teeth grinding). Your dentist can create a custom nightguard in our dental office to combat bruxism.

If you have a chipped tooth, it's essential to have it assessed by your dentist in Gretna, LA. Specific chips or fractures are merely cosmetic, but others may worsen without restorative dentistry. 

#1 Dental Filling or Bonding

Composite resin or filling/bonding material is tooth-colored and an excellent choice to hide cosmetic chips and discoloration. Your dentist applies the resin to the tooth crack and hardens it with a special light. Resin closely matches the color of your natural teeth.

#2 Dental Crowns

Dental crowns in Gretna, LA, are the most common treatment for tooth chips, especially if the structure is compromised. A crown is a tooth-shaped cover that fits over the chipped tooth after it has been treated. The crown prevents the chip from worsening over time.

#3 Extraction and Tooth Replacement

If a chip is more pronounced—breakage below the gumline—your dentist will recommend extraction followed by tooth replacement.

Restore Your Chipped Tooth in Gretna, LA

If you have a tooth chip or a more significant fracture, we urge you to reach out to our dental team as soon as possible to arrange an assessment with the dentist. And always call us if you have any questions about our treatments and services.

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