Children can chip their teeth after a fall or collision, or even after biting on a piece of hard candy. If this happens to your child, bring him or her to the dentist as soon as possible. In addition to checking for infection and other damage, your child’s dentist can make cosmetic repairs like the following to a chipped tooth:
If the chip is tiny but visible, the dentist may apply a tooth-colored resin filling to the area. The filling will be matched to the color of your child’s teeth, then bonded to the chipped area with an adhesive. After being shaped and hardened, the filling will be smoothed and polished, so your child’s smile will look just as it was before the injury.
Also known as a cap, this tooth-shaped covering made from metal, porcelain, ceramic, or resin will protect a tooth with a large chip. Metal crowns may stand out in a mouth full of white teeth, but they are the strongest of the bunch. Porcelain and resin crowns are favored for their appearance – they can be made to look nearly identical your child’s original tooth.
Dental veneers, or laminates, are made from porcelain or resin composite materials. These thin shells aren’t made to cover the entire tooth, like a crown, but only the chipped or damaged area.
Your dentist will help you determine which repair works best, depending on your child’s particular case. Whatever you decide on, it’s great to know there are options out there!