Independent Guide to Care in North Wales

What to Expect When Getting a Chipped Tooth Fixed

Chipping your tooth can easily be done, knocking it on a glass when you’re drinking, tripping over, or just eating something can cause it! No matter what has caused the chip, they can be a severe issue and lead to complications. 

Dentists North Wales can help you sort out your chipped tooth, and give your confidence back to smile. If you have chipped your tooth recently, it's best to see a dentist as soon as possible to minimise the damage. 


These are 5 ways you could potentially have that chip repaired: 



  • Composite Bonding


Composite bonding is essentially applying a putty to the tooth which is shaped to match the rest of your teeth. 

Composite bonding is an affordable, quick and easy way of repairing a chipped tooth. This method can fill a gap, reshape a tooth, fix discoloration and fix chips. It is also a durable solution, which can last for ten years without needing re-doing. 

If you don't like going to the dentist, it can be reassuring to know that composite bonding isn’t very invasive or uncomfortable. You shouldn’t need any numbing injections - unless you are getting it to help with decay. 

Composite bonding has recently become a popular choice for beauty and cosmetic reasons. People often have composite bonding on a series of teeth as part of a ‘smile makeover’. 



  • Veneers


A veneer is a cover for your damaged tooth which mimics a real tooth. The porcelain veneers are the most common and best aesthetic solution for fixing a chipped tooth. 

Veneers are bonded to your existing tooth, and can last up to 30 years if you maintain them well. However, they aren't suitable for people who grind their teeth, as you could end up damaging them. 



  • Crowns


Depending on how bad the chip is on your tooth, if it is painful when you eat or drink, a crown might be the best solution. Crowns cover your tooth, and essentially save it. A tooth that is severely damaged might not be able to put up with chewing, so a crown replaces this and supports the structure. 

Your dentist will have to remove some of the existing tooth to add the crown, but it should last for many years. 



  • Root Canals


If your chipped tooth has cracked, or broken right down to the root, you may require to have it completely taken out. This would mean having a root canal, followed by a crown to fill the space. 

A root canal clears the decayed tooth and removes the nerve. This can sometimes be painful, but really if performed well should be painless due to the anesthesia. 



  • An Implant


When a chip develops into a crack which dips into the gumline, then you may have no other option but to have a tooth extraction and get a dental implant. 

Dental implants are needed to replace your tooth so that the others don’t begin to move out of shape and effect how you bite. 

When getting a dental implant fitted, you will have a screw in your jaw which acts as a root for the replacement tooth. It sounds scary but your dentist can reassure you on this procedure. 

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