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Chipped or Broken Teeth

What to do if you damage a tooth, and how it can be repaired.

Reviewed by Edward Kwon, DDS | Updated January 22nd, 2023

Woman hiding her smile after chipping a tooth

Broken or chipped teeth can be often be repaired quickly and easily using bonding and dental veneers. A tooth can be damaged by trauma, or by every day use. Although it can be scary, and sometimes painful, there are several options to repair or replace the tooth.

Cosmetic Fixes

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a simple way to fix a chipped, broken, cracked, or discolored tooth. It can also be used to fill in gaps between teeth or even out teeth that don’t line up. This procedure is so simple that it may not require anesthetic, and can be completed in one visit. 

Dental bonding is done by applying a tooth-colored resin to the desired area. This resin is dried under a UV light, and the process typically takes less than an hour.


Dental veneers are porcelain covers that are attached to your permanent teeth. They can be used to repair a chipped or broken tooth, or they can be used cosmetically to make adjustments to your tooth’s shape, color, or size.

If you’re in pain

If you’re experiencing pain after breaking or chipping a tooth, you may need a more serious fix. We can sometimes perform a root canal, build up, and crown to repair the tooth. In other cases, a tooth extraction may be needed. If that’s the case, we can usually help improve the look of your smile with a bridge, or partial denture.

Dental implants might be the best long term option if the damage is not repairable.

Regardless of your situation, a broken or chipped tooth is something you want to get looked at right away. Even if you’re not in pain, a chipped or broken tooth can quickly lead to more serious problems.

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