Chipped Tooth Repair

Chipped Tooth Repair

Chipped Tooth Repair

Teeth make for one of the strongest organs in the human body - largely due to the enamel on the tooth. 

Its sheer strength allows the tooth to withstand physical and chemical forces that would otherwise cause damage. 

Somtimes, however, excessive wear and tear, decay, or a strong blow to the face, may push it past its limits, resulting in a broken or chipped tooth. 

Although this is rarely a medical emergency it’s best to have it examined by a trained dentist or orthodontist.

What Causes A Chipped Tooth?

What Causes A Chipped Tooth?

What Causes A Chipped Tooth?

Your tooth may chip due to a variety of reasons. For instance, biting or chewing on hard foods, like hard candy, nuts, or ice, may break your tooth.

Age, teeth grinding, forceful blows to the face and abrupt temperature changes are other reasons that we have also seen.

This typically happens if its structural integrity has already been weakened by decay, cavities, or oversized fillings.

Why You Should Never Ignore A Chipped Tooth

Why You Should Never Ignore A Chipped Tooth

Why You Should Never Ignore A Chipped Tooth

Ignoring a chipped tooth will cause further damage or infection to your tooth, leading to total extraction of the tooth.

Thus, if you realise that you have a broken, chipped, or cracked tooth, you should visit a dentist as soon as possible.

Cost Of Chipped Tooth Repair

Cost Of Chipped Tooth Repair

Cost Of Chipped Tooth Repair

The cost of treating a broken tooth depends on how damaged it is and the treatment method used. 

Dental bonding will cost you as little as €150, veneers range between €250-€600, and a dental crown is €500.

For a case needing root canal therapy, you may have to pay over €1,000, depending on the severity of the procedure.

Fortunately, 3Dental offers payment plans for treatments over €1,000.

For a full price breakdown of our cosmetic treatments (that will fix your chipped tooth), please visit our price list page.

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Benefits Of Cosmetic Treatments At 3Dental

Retain the natural look of your teeth

Payment plans available

We are based in Dublin, Limerick and Galway

We offer free consultations

Variety of treatment solutions

Long-lasting 10-30 years-lifetime depending on the solution

Preserve your tooth structure

Visit our smile gallery to see our chipped tooth repair before and after photos

Treatments To Fix A Chipped Tooth

  • How Can We Fix A Chipped Tooth?
  • Dental Filling
  • Dental Bonding
  • Dental Veneers
  • Dental Cap/Crown
  • Free Consultations
  • Self Care Measures For A Chipped Tooth
How Can We Fix A Chipped Tooth?
How Can We Fix A Chipped Tooth?

How Can We Fix A Chipped Tooth?

Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth ranges from simple repairs to lengthy complicated procedures.

Once a dentist examines your tooth, they will decide on the best solution for your specific case.

Generally, there are four ways we deal with broken teeth:

  1. dental filling
  2. bonding
  3. veneer
  4. crown
Dental Filling
Dental Filling
Dental Filling

Dental Filling

A dental filling is used where only a small piece has broken off.

It involves using filler material, like porcelain, gold, or composite resin, to fill the chipped area. 

Dental Bonding
Dental Bonding
Dental Bonding

Dental Bonding

If the chip happens to your front teeth, the dentist may resort to bonding.

This involves attaching a tooth-coloured composite resin, shaping it to mimic a natural tooth, and hardening it with UV rays.

Bonding is a relatively simple procedure that should take a single session to complete.

Dental Veneers
Dental Veneers
Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is a custom-made thin shell of tooth-coloured composite resin or porcelain. It’s designed to cover the whole front of a tooth and is usually thicker where the tooth broke off.

This makes it one of the best solutions to broken or chipped front teeth. However, the treatment process is significantly longer and more complicated than dental bonding. 

First, your dentist will smooth away a thin layer; 0.2-1mm- of your tooth’s enamel. This creates room for the veneer.

They then make an impression of your tooth before sending it to the laboratory, where the veneer will be created.

This process will take a week or two; thus, you may be given a temporary veneer to use in the meantime. 

When your permanent veneer is ready, you’ll revisit your dentist to have it installed. For that, they’ll use special adhesive cement to stick it to your tooth.

The veneer can last up to 30 years if set correctly.

Dental Cap/Crown
Dental Cap/Crown
Dental Cap/Crown

Dental Cap/Crown

Breaking off a large piece of your tooth will necessitate more advanced solutions. One of these is the dental crown, a tooth-shaped cap that fits around the tooth to improve its appearance.

A dental crown can look like the original tooth, like those from resin, porcelain, or ceramic materials, or have a different colour - like those made from metal. 

First, the dentist will examine your teeth to gauge the extent of the damage. They’ll also look at the surrounding bone before numbing the tooth.

Next, they remove part of the remaining tooth (or add filling material if a large part of your tooth is missing) to create room for the cap.

The dentist then makes an impression of the broken tooth, which they’ll send to a laboratory to have the crown design. The orthodontist may place a temporary cap while you await the permanent one to be completed in a week or two.

Once that happens, and you go for your second visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent one cemented in place. 

You may have to undergo root canal therapy if the chip exposes the pulp.

Free Consultations
Free Consultations

Free Consultations

That's a lot of information to take in!

The intention with this page is to let you know that you when you or loved one chips a tooth - you have options!

We also want to let you know that we offer free consultations. We are more than happy to take a look at your situation and walk you through your options to get you back to showing off your smile!

We have clinics in Dublin, Limerick and Galway and are look forward to speaking with you soon :)

Self Care Measures For A Chipped Tooth
Self Care Measures For A Chipped Tooth

Self Care Measures For A Chipped Tooth

You can also practice certain self-care measures as you wait to see your dentist. These include:

  • Only eat soft foods and don’t chew or bite using the chipped tooth.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen if you’re experiencing any pain. You can also use an icepack on the outside of the cheek near the affected tooth. This will help deal with any irritation in the area. 
  • If the tooth is just cracked due to grinding, wear a protective mouthguard overnight if you have to wait till the next day to see your dentist. 
  • Cover the jagged edge of the tooth with temporary dental filling material, like sugarless chewing gum or dental wax. This prevents the tooth from cutting your tongue.

What Our Patients Say

It gave me super confidence. I just couldn't believe the difference when I got it done!

I've had veneers done. It's the best money I think I've ever spent on myself for years!

Lynda Karl
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What Our Patients Say

It has boosted my confidence!

I'm very happy with my smile, very happy with laughing and being natural in group settings and in photographs! (Christina had braces fitted, a crown placed, and bonding performed)

Christina Ryan
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What Our Patients Say

I can't stop smiling! I can't stop taking pictures!

I feel absolutely amazing. You can keep your natural teeth and get this amazing look (dental bonding). It's such a confidence boost!

Lee O'Reilly
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What Our Patients Say

I was back for my composite bonding and I could not be happier!

I realised that composite bonding was the best option for me, to give me the perfect smile that I now have!

Katie Jackson
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What Our Patients Say

I couldn't be any happier - it's the best thing I've ever done!

I had composite bonding done on 10 teeth. There was no pain at all, and no discomfort. I'm delighted! I couldn't be any happier!

Megan Kennedy
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What Our Patients Say

I had bonding done on my front teeth. I've been smiling ever since!

My two front teeth were very badly chipped. I had bonding done on my front teeth. I've been smiling ever since!

Terry McKenna
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Lynda's veneers story 3Dental
Christina testimonial cosmetic & orthodontics 3Dental
lee composite bonding testimonial
Katie Jackson - Composite bonding testimonial - 3dental
Megan Kennedy - Composite Bonding - 3Dental
Terry McKenna - Testimonial - Dental Bonding - 3Dental

What Our Patients Say

I was back for my composite bonding and I could not be happier!

I realised that composite bonding was the best option for me, to give me the perfect smile that I now have!

Katie Jackson
Watch Now
Katie Jackson - Composite bonding testimonial - 3dental Watch Video

What Our Patients Say

It gave me super confidence. I just couldn't believe the difference when I got it done!

I've had veneers done. It's the best money I think I've ever spent on myself for years!

Lynda Karl
Watch Now
Lynda's veneers story 3Dental Watch Video

What Our Patients Say

I can't stop smiling! I can't stop taking pictures!

I feel absolutely amazing. You can keep your natural teeth and get this amazing look (dental bonding). It's such a confidence boost!

Lee O'Reilly
Watch Now
lee composite bonding testimonial Watch Video

What Our Patients Say

I couldn't be any happier - it's the best thing I've ever done!

I had composite bonding done on 10 teeth. There was no pain at all, and no discomfort. I'm delighted! I couldn't be any happier!

Megan Kennedy
Watch Now
Megan Kennedy - Composite Bonding - 3Dental Watch Video

What Our Patients Say

I had bonding done on my front teeth. I've been smiling ever since!

My two front teeth were very badly chipped. I had bonding done on my front teeth. I've been smiling ever since!

Terry McKenna
Watch Now
Terry McKenna - Testimonial - Dental Bonding - 3Dental Watch Video

What Our Patients Say

It has boosted my confidence!

I'm very happy with my smile, very happy with laughing and being natural in group settings and in photographs! (Christina had braces fitted, a crown placed, and bonding performed)

Christina Ryan
Watch Now
Christina testimonial cosmetic & orthodontics 3Dental Watch Video
Katie Jackson - Composite bonding testimonial - 3dental
Lynda's veneers story 3Dental
lee composite bonding testimonial
Megan Kennedy - Composite Bonding - 3Dental
Terry McKenna - Testimonial - Dental Bonding - 3Dental
Christina testimonial cosmetic & orthodontics 3Dental

Commonly Asked Questions

Can a chipped tooth heal on its own?

Nope. Unfortunately, the human tooth is not self-healing.

What should I do if I chipped my tooth?

Visit a dentist as soon as possible. Delaying this visit will only cause further damage to your teeth.

Do chipped teeth get worse?

Yes. If not attended by a dentist, a chipped tooth may infect the pulp and become harder to treat.

So don’t be tempted to ignore it!

How do I know if a chipped tooth is serious?

If you start feeling prolonged pain and sensitivity in the affected area.

In some cases, the broken tooth may start bleeding. This is why it's important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Should I brush a cracked tooth?

Yes. It's important to keep sugar and food particles from the broken tooth. However, do so gently to avoid pain.

If it's too painful to use a toothbrush, rinse your mouth with warm salt water or mouthwash. 

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes. 3Dental offers flexible payment plans for treatments over €1,000 euro.

We also offer are a partner with humm - which is another way to make easy monthly payments on your treatment.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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