Chipped a front tooth!

People chip their front teeth quite commonly. There are two reasons for this:

  • They are thin, so inherently weaker
  • They are at the front of your face, so objects hit them easier
This is an actual case of mine. He had a bad habit of biting crab shells with his front teeth, which caused so many chips. I don't have a photo of a better angle unfortunately.

This is an actual case of mine. He had a bad habit of biting crab shells with his front teeth, which caused so many chips. I don't have a photo of a better angle unfortunately.

These are those same teeth, restored with composite resin. I have kept the gap that would have been there with his natural teeth, so it all looks natural!

These are those same teeth, restored with composite resin. I have kept the gap that would have been there with his natural teeth, so it all looks natural!

The funniest reason that I have heard of how someone chipped a tooth is when he was drunk and singing karaoke, he banged the mic onto his front tooth. Karaoke is dangerous!

How we fix the chipped tooth depends on how large the fracture is. The biggest challenge is to have a strong restoration that won't keep on breaking off again.

If it is a small fracture, a composite resin restoration will usually last and look decent. This is very dependent on the skills of the dentist and how meticulous they are with bonding the material and matching the shade & shape.

Larger fractures may require a root canal if the nerve of the tooth is exposed and a porcelain veneer or crown will be best. Porcelain is a better material than composite resin in all aspects.