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How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

If you’re dealing with a chipped tooth, you’re not alone. Dental imperfections such as chipped teeth are a common, yet frustrating, concern and issue. Many factors can lead to a chip, including an accidental tumble, biting into hard foods, teeth grinding, misaligned or crowded teeth, and eroded enamel. Fortunately, there are options available that can match your needs and preferences. 

At Encinitas Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentists provide a variety of effective restorative treatments that can address minor to severe dental issues, including chipped teeth. Top solutions like dental bonding, veneers, and crowns can revitalize your smile and your confidence. 

Cosmetic Dental Bonding 


A common fix for a chipped tooth is cosmetic dental bonding. This procedure involves the application of dental resin to the affected tooth. The material is layered and sculpted, then hardened with a laser or LED light. Finally, the tooth is shaped and polished for a natural appearance. Tooth-colored fillings can also help restore stability and aesthetic appeal to a chipped tooth.

Porcelain Veneers 


Porcelain veneers are a popular option when it comes to improving the aesthetic appearance of your teeth. The thin, durable sheets of porcelain are adhered to the front and sides of your teeth to cover the chipped portion(s). Each veneer is custom-made, enabling them to provide a consistent, natural-looking smile by matching the rest of your teeth. Our dentists also offer composite veneers, where a tooth-colored composite resin is sculpted onto the tooth to correct chips, gaps, and other imperfections.

Porcelain Crowns


Another option when it comes to smile improvement is porcelain crowns. As opposed to veneers, a crown covers the whole tooth and is often utilized when there is more damage or decay. A porcelain crown acts as a protective cap and can handle chips that are deeper or more severe. Designed to look and feel natural, this dental treatment can restore the structural integrity of your tooth. 

For more information on our treatment options for addressing chipped teeth, and to learn more about which one might be right for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation.