How to Fix a Chipped Front Tooth

If you ever bit into an apple or piece of hard candy, then maybe you noticed that it did not dissolve in your mouth. It is a scary feeling, because you just broke off a piece of your tooth. The frustration really goes up when the piece comes from a front tooth. You must go to your local dentist as soon as possible. If you delay seeing a dentist, then your tooth could get infected and you can end up losing it. Read on to find out how to repair a chipped front tooth.

Consider Dental Bonding

Most doctors recommend dental bonding for teeth in the front of your mouth. Dental bonding is a basic procedure. Your dentist does not have to numb your tooth to apply bonding.

To bond a tooth, your dentist starts by roughing the surface with a liquid, which makes your adhesion stick better. The next step involves applying an adhesive material to your tooth followed by a composite filling. The composite filling is the same color as your tooth, which is used to repair the damage to your tooth.

The bonding material is put on next and shaped to look natural. Your dentist will then harden the bonding material with an ultraviolet light. This treatment makes your tooth look normal again.

Get A Crown Or Cap

Some people's teeth break off because of decay. If a large piece of your tooth broke, then your dentist may recommend getting a crown or cap. The remaining tooth is filed down and fitted for a crown. The crown protects the remaining tooth and it is made to look natural. Crowns are made from a variety of materials, such as metal, ceramic, porcelain and resin. However, porcelain is the most popular because it is made to look like your natural tooth.

Look Into Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is another way to repair a broken tooth. It is made from resin or porcelain composite material that covers the front of a tooth. This material replaces the broken part to get the natural shape of your tooth. An impression is made from the composite material and sent to a lab. The laboratory makes a veneer from the impression. The veneer is attached to your damaged tooth using cement and an ultraviolet light is used to harden the cement. This is the most effective and expensive way to repair a chipped tooth.

Your smile is the first thing that someone sees when meeting for the first time. If you want to keep a healthy smile, then you should see a dentist on a regular basis.