Chipped Front Tooth? Try Bonding

Friday, January 11, 2019
Chipped Front Tooth? Try Bonding

Did you know that fractures are one of the leading causes of tooth loss? A chipped tooth may seem minor, but it should be taken seriously and treated as soon as possible. Most people will make the effort of visiting the dentist if the fracture occurs at the front of the mouth, but it’s just as important even if the fracture happens further back.

Chipped front tooth bonding is commonly used to fix even a slightly chipped tooth. Below, you’ll learn how to determine whether you have a chipped tooth, the different types of fractures that can occur, and how bonding can help.

How Do I Know If My Tooth Is Chipped?

While it may be difficult to determine the status of your tooth in certain cases, you should schedule an appointment with the dentist if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Sudden pain in the tooth after biting down on a hard food item
  • Tooth pain that accompanies eating or changes in temperature (hot/cold)
  • Pain that comes and goes
  • Swelling of the gum around the affected tooth
  • Sensitivity to sweet foods

A chipped tooth cannot be treated at home. The longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to adequately repair the tooth, which is why we advise making a dentist appointment ASAP!

Types of Chipped Tooth

You may have one or more of the following types of fractures. Your dentist will determine a therapeutic treatment based on the nature of the break involved.

  • chipped front tooth bondingFractured cusp: You may not experience pain from this type of fracture, though you may notice chipping on the edge of the tooth. This break affects the outer chewing surface of the tooth.
  • Craze lines: Cracks in the outer enamel are usually shallow, but measures should be taken to prevent further damage and maintain the integrity of the teeth.
  • Cracked tooth: Prompt diagnosis and treatment is necessary to avoid potentially losing the tooth. Left untreated, the crack will eventually affect the entire tooth.
  • Split tooth: If a cracked tooth is not addressed, it will eventually split into two or more sections.
  • Vertical root fracture: The crack originates from the root and extends outwards. Infection and inflammation are common symptoms of a vertical root fracture, which often may require tooth removal.

Teeth Bonding: Pros and Cons

Tooth bonding is an effective method for repairing a chipped tooth in many cases. A bonding procedure involves the application of a tooth-colored composite to repair a broken tooth. The dentist will etch the surface with a special gel to prepare it for adhesion with the bonding material. A tooth-colored resin will be applied and shaped to match the tooth exactly. Finally, an ultraviolet light is applied to harden the material, which effectively seals the tooth.

The pros of chipped tooth bonding may include:

  • Effective immediate solution
  • Prevents infection from developing
  • Allows you to chew normally
  • Look like your natural teeth
  • Easy to take care of and maintain

The cons of chipped tooth bonding may include:

  • Less durable than a crown
  • Covers only part of the tooth, which may make it more susceptible to damages
  • As the resin wears over time, you may notice a disparity in color as compared to your natural tooth

Schedule Your Appointment

If you suspect fracture or chipping, it’s best for you to see a dentist right away. No one ever regrets taking care of their teeth when it prevents a major problem from developing in the future. In the case of a chipped tooth, there’s no shortcut other than prompt care. Whether you choose chipped tooth bonding, crowns, or veneers, a variety of treatment options are available that will restore your tooth’s functioning while preserving its appearance. To make an appointment with one of our Penn dentists, please call us at 215-898-7337 today!