My tooth chipped…now what?!

Your tooth chipped, now what do you do??

There are actually a few solutions and we share all about them here!

Teeth can chip for any number of reasons. Common causes include:

  • biting down on hard substances, like ice or hard candy
  • falls or car accidents
  • playing contact sports without a mouth guard
  • grinding your teeth when sleeping

How can that chipped tooth be fixed? It really depends on your tooth’s situation!

Tooth reattachment

If you still have the tooth fragment that broke off, place it in a glass of milk to keep it moist. The calcium will help keep it alive. If you don’t have milk tuck it into your gum, making sure not to swallow it.

Then get to your dentist immediately. They may be able to cement the fragment back onto your tooth.


A composite resin (plastic) material or porcelain (layers of ceramic) is cemented to the surface of your tooth and shaped to its form. Ultraviolet lights are used to harden and dry the material. After drying, more shaping is done until the material fits your tooth exactly.

Bonds can last up to 10 years.

Porcelain veneer

Before attaching a veneer, your dentist will smooth away some of the tooth’s enamel to make room for the veneer. Usually, they’ll shave away less than a millimeter.

Your dentist will make an impression of your tooth and send it to a lab to create the veneer. (A temporary veneer may be used in the meantime.) When the permanent veneer is ready, your dentist will bond it to your tooth.

Thanks to the durable materials, the veneer could last about 30 years.


A cracked tooth isn’t treatable once the crack reaches beneath the gum line. This means a dentist will need to remove the tooth, but it does not mean you’re left with an empty space in your mouth. An implant is installed in your jawbone to replace the root of the tooth. This implant is then covered with a crown so that it looks as much like your original tooth as possible.


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