Todd McAdams, D.D.S.

If you chip or break a tooth, see your dentist as soon as possible. While most people who experience a chipped tooth are primarily concerned about aesthetics and functionality, your tooth could be damaged further or become infected left alone.

A chipped tooth more frequently occurs in the front teeth.  If only a small piece of enamel has broken off, the dentist can generally fix a chipped tooth in one day.

If it’s a front tooth your dentist will likely use a procedure called bonding, which uses a composite resin. The dentist will match a tooth-colored composite resin with the color of your teeth. The tooth will be cleaned and etched with a liquid or gel to roughen it and then a tooth-colored resin will be bonded to the tooth and shaped to look  natural and restore the tooth.

The filling material should match nearly perfectly. When you smile, no one should be able to tell you had the restoration done.  While the restoration will be strong and functional, its durability depends a lot on the extent of the damage to the tooth and the position of the chip.  After your restoration is finished, it’s important to be more cautious about biting down on harder foods. Manmade materials are never as strong as natural teeth.

Your dentist will work with you to find the best treatment plan to help relieve pain and restore your tooth, both functionally and aesthetically!

Todd McAdams, D.D.S.

420 Rocky Knob Lane

Fayetteville, Tenn.