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Dr Bruce will often be referred cases where there are issues with single teeth for example where there is cracking or fracture of a tooth.

Chipped and broken teeth resulting from accidental injury can occur at any age. Serious cracks and chips can make a tooth susceptible to breaking or difficulty and discomfort when chewing or biting with a chipped or broken tooth. Repair of damaged teeth can make them stronger and restore function. You should have any chipped or broken tooth examined as soon as possible so as to determine the extent of damage and decide on a treatment plan.

Types of Procedures to Repair Chipped or Broken Teeth

Enamel Shaping: This involves  procedure requiring simply file down a slightly chipped tooth corner to remove the ragged edge or smooth a rough surface. Patients typically do not need anesthesia or sedation for this quick procedure. However, this approach does not restore the tooth to its original dimensions and may leave the patient’s smile looking less symmetrical.

Resin Bonding: Small to moderate chipped areas can be rectified with composite resin where we mold the enamel-colored plastic directly onto the patient’s tooth. We then utilise a special lamp that cures the composite bonding it to the patient’s original tooth. This negates any need for fabricating a prosthetic restoring the tooth in a single visit. Bonding is typically more affordable than other restoration procedures.

Porcelin Veneers: It is possible to attach a veneer to the front of a slightly chipped or cracked tooth to make it look new again. This procedure may involve removing a small portion of tooth enamel to provide room for the veneer. This treatment requires two sessions. In your first session we prepare the tooth as needed and makes a mold to send to the dental lab. In the second session, we attach the custom made veneer to the patient’s tooth and bonds it in place. Some patients choose to have their teeth whitened before having a veneer fitted. That way, the dentist can match the veneer color to the lightest natural enamel shade the patient can achieve.

Onlays, Inlays and Crowns: Complex repairs requiring a larger restoration may be needed in the case of a more seriously damaged tooth. Onlays restore the surface of a tooth whilst inlays typically fill a cavity. Using porcelain onlays and inlays we repair molars with ceramic material that is very strong and can withstand the pressure of chewing. Metal or porcelain crowns are an option for restoring badly broken teeth that don’t require extraction. In certain circumstances we may be required to remove some healthy tooth structure to provide an appropriately shaped base for the crown. Patients who want their restored tooth to look natural generally choose full porcelain crowns or porcelain fused to metal. A dental lab fabricates the porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays based on a mold of the patient’s teeth.

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