What to Do if You Crack or Chip a Tooth

bigstock-portrait-of-friendly-doctor-an-15997226_(1)Have you recently cracked or chipped a tooth? Cracking or chipping a tooth can be an unsettling experience – one moment you have a flawless smile, and the next moment you’ve got a crack down your front tooth! While a chip or crack may seem minor at first, without prompt intervention, this chip or crack could worsen, leading to serious damage and decay.

Del Mar Dentist Treats Cracked & Chipped Teeth

The good news is that with cosmetic dentistry, it may be possible to save this tooth. Below, our Del Mar dentist answers three of the most frequently asked questions about what to do if you crack or chip a tooth.

#1: How can cosmetic dentistry repair a cracked or chipped tooth?

If the crack or chip does not affect the tooth root, than our dentist in Del Mar may be able to repair this damage through cosmetic dental procedures, rather than a tooth extraction and dental implant. The first step is a diagnostic appointment to determine the extent of any damage. If the damage is superficial, a dental filling or bonding may be able to fully cover the crack or chip. If more significant damage or decay has occurred, a dental cap or crown may be necessary. Another option to repairing a chipped tooth, depending on the severity, is veneering it. By placing a veneer, you are not only repairing but also strengthening the existing tooth structure. Either way, our goal is to protect your tooth from additional damage.

#2: What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied to cover a superficial crack or chip. This material “bonds” to the tooth, creating a flawless finish for seamless smile. Our dentist in Del Mar frequently recommends dental bonding as a fast, affordable way to repair damage that does not require a veneer or crown.

#3: When will I need a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth shaped “cap” that is placed over a cracked or broken tooth. In addition to improving your tooth’s appearance, a dental crown also protects a tooth that is significantly cracked or chipped from decay.

Do you have additional questions for our Del Mar dentist? Post them below!

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– Robert B.

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12925 El Camino Real
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San Diego, CA 92130

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