I have a small chip off my front tooth. Would it be better to file it down or bond it? (Photo)

Doctor Answers 2

Chip Off

Have your dentist smooth it from the front, NOT from the biting edge - that would make it shorter.
In our office, we bond some tooth colored filling material into the chip and then smooth it off and polish it up.
Done that way, without any real drilling on the tooth, we have seen those fillings last for years.
Good Luck to you! 


La Jolla Dentist

Small chip

It looks as if your dentist should be able to reshape your front tooth without making it shorter than the adjacent tooth.

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