Is Bonding a Good Idea for My Chipped Tooth?


Some dental issues don’t seem like much of a big deal, but can end up being a serious threat when left untreated. For example, if you have a chipped tooth, then it may not seriously affect your smile’s appearance or the function of your bite. Yet, if you don’t restore the tooth as soon as possible, then the minor chip can turn into a bigger, more threatening crack, fracture, or break. For many patients, cosmetic tooth bonding can fix a chipped tooth quickly and effectively, without any permanent changes to the healthy tooth structure.

What Bonding’s Made Of

Tooth-colored composite resin is a biocompatible mixture of finely-ground acrylic and quartz-like particles. One of the biggest benefits of the resin is that it can be custom-tinted to match the unique color and shade of any tooth. It can also be securely bonded to healthy tooth structure, which makes it an effective solution to rebuilding worn or damaged teeth. Bonding involves placing the resin over the chipped part of your tooth, then sculpting it to match the tooth’s healthy, whole contour. Once hardened and polished, the resin becomes virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the tooth.

What if Your Tooth Is Seriously Chipped?

Because tooth bonding is a minimally invasive procedure, it’s often preferable to other cosmetic solutions, like veneers, that require slight but permanent alterations to your teeth. However, if the chip in your tooth has had time to grow more severe by the time you treat it, then you might require a veneer or crown to successfully restore your tooth. The bigger the damage, the more support your tooth will need to continue functioning properly.

Fix Your Chipped Tooth with Bonding

A chipped tooth doesn’t always need extensive treatment to correct. In many cases, your dentist can bond it for a lifelike, but minimally invasive touchup. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, at (724) 256-4612. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.