Teeth and Skin Service Line at The Aga Khan University Hospital will be
able to detect and successfully treat any dental problems that you may
have. Treatment for a chipped or cracked tooth will depend and vary
according to the severity of the damage.
examination, the doctor will be able to determine whether the chip is
minor and has resulted in only a small piece of enamel being broken off,
in which case the damage can be repaired simply. In cases where there
has been extensive damage, you may undergo a tougher procedure.
Some of the ways your dentist could repair your chipped tooth or cracked tooth include:
Dental Filling or Bonding:
Your dentist may repair a small chip in your tooth with a filling. He
or she may also use a procedure called bonding, which uses a
tooth-coloured composite resin, if the damage is to a tooth in the front
or can be seen when you smile. The dentist is able to use this
procedure to make the repair look like a natural tooth.
Dental Cap or Crown: If the damage is greater and you have lost a large piece of your tooth, the
dentist may grind or file away part of your tooth and cover it with a
crown. A crown is a custom-fitted covering (made of gold, porcelain,
resin or other materials), that replaces your tooth’s natural crown.
A dental veneer is a thin shell of tooth-coloured resin composite
material or porcelain that covers the entirety of the tooth with a
thicker section in order to replace the chipped portion of the tooth.
This option can be suggested when the front tooth has been chipped, as
it can make it look natural and healthy again.
If the damage to the tooth is large and extensive, and has caused the
pulp to be exposed, the pulp can become infected died, in which case it
needs to be extracted.