Can Dental Bonding Fix A Chipped Lower Incisor?

I Chipped the Back Upper Half of my Lower Incisor (#24 or 25, I Think).  Can Bonding Fix This?

Doctor Answers 17

Bonding a chipped tooth

Dental bonding is a great solution for repairing a chipped tooth.  It usually requires no anesthesia.  The tooth surface is roughened, etched and a tooth colored composite material bonded and shaped to restore the fracture.  So long as the repair is properly shaped to keep it from hitting the other teeth during function and the patient is savvy enough to use the teeth to bite food and not as a tool, the repair can be long lasting.

Springfield Dentist

Bonding to fix a chipped tooth

Yes!  Bonding is a great way to restore this type of tooth chip.

Benefits to resin bonding:





Drawbacks to resin bonding:

-not as stain-resistant as porcelain

-not as strong as porcelain

Things to consider:

-find a qualified dentist who can make the bonding "invisible"

-whitening your teeth prior to bonding (the bonding will not whiten)

-bonding may chip over time (just like natural teeth)

-you have to be aware not to bite into hard foods with these teeth

-bonding may chip prematurely if you clench or grind your teeth

-use an alcohol-free mouthwash to preserve your restorations

-make sure your upper teeth are not hitting the bonding when you bite

Lorin F. Berland, DDS
Dallas Dentist
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

If it is a small chip, Dental Bonding could be the easiest fix.

Bob, From your picture it is hard for me to tell exactly how much tooth structure has chipped off.  If you could take a picture straight on it would be a little easier to tell.  How much tooth has been fractured off, how large the tooth is, and how the tooth comes together with the teeth above it when you bite and chew, will determine in most people if bonding is the best option.  Bonding is the most conservative approach, but may not be the most reliable if the chip is very large.  My suggestion would be to try the bonding if your dentist is comfortable with that.  As mentioned in other responses to your question, it is often a painless procedure and can provide a very good cosmetic result. Just be prepared to move up to a veneer or porcelain cap if the bonding does not last very long.  ]ood luck!

Dental Bonding; A conservative option

Dental Bonding offers a very conservative way to fix chipped or crooked teeth.  The main concern with bonding the lower teeth is the bite, or the way the upper and lower teeth meet together.  If there is room for the bonding material when you close down dental bonding can work very nicely.  If there is not, sometimes minor adjustments to the upper tooth may help make the case work.

I hope this helps .

Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF

Ronald Konig DDS
Houston Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Dental Bonding Can Repair Chipped Teeth

Cosmetic dental bonding has come a long way and can easily repair some chips.  If it doesn't hold you can always go to more advanced treatment.  LOWER FRONT TEETH seem to flay like veneers of a table-You can smooth these or try bonding.  We utilize the KCP(kinetic cavity prep) which sand blasts the chip, etch it with a strong lemon juice and then 'bond' on the plastic, reshape it to match and see how you do.  Don't use your teeth as tools and try not ot bite into hard foods to preserve the repair!!

Wendy S. Spektor, DDS
Bellevue Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Can Dental Bonding Fix A Chipped Lower Incisor?

Teeth bonding is a quick and noninvasive cosmetic and restorative dental procedure. Applied in thin layers over the front and back of your teeth, teeth bonding can provide exceptional results in as little as one hour.Applied in thin layers, the resin used in teeth bonding is colored and shaped to match the natural teeth in your smile. Covering minor cosmetic imperfections in this way allows you to have a seamless, beautiful smile in a fraction of the time required for other restorative procedures.


Pamela Marzban, DDS
Fairfax Dentist

Can bonding help a broken tooth

Boding can help restore this tooth, but you need to have three things in mind:

1) Almost half of the tooth is broken. Bonding is not going to be as strong as a tooth, so the restoration will not be a permanent fix.

2) Upper teeth should not be hitting the lower broken tooth when you close your teeth together. If you have a bite interference, you will easily brake the bond and very soon

3) The most important issue: Why did it brake in the first place? If your bite is the reason , bonding may not be your best option.

Good luck.

Soheyla Marzvaan, DDS
Orange County Dentist
4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Bonding is perfect for this problem

Dental bonding is a great solution for this problem.  Most dental restorations require that we remove some tooth structure to create room for the restoration.  Bonding is the most conservative option, which means that we really don't have to remove additional tooth.  The bonding material can be added to the tooth which keeps your tooth at its maximum strength.  As the others doctors have said colour and shape of the new bonding materials can match your tooth so well that no one will ever know that it was chipped.

Martin Frankel, DDS
Toronto Dentist
3.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Can Dental Bonding Fix A Chipped Lower Incisor?

Bob, thanks for asking a great question. Yes, bonding can fix a broken tooth like yours. There are always choices, and judging by a picture, bonding is a first choice in fixing your tooth. Initial results can be great and color matching awesome! Good luck, Michael Ayzin, DDS

Michael Ayzin, DDS
Costa Mesa Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Dental Bonding To Fix Chipped Tooth

With a small chip on the inside of your front lower tooth you are the perfect candidate for dental bonding.  In fact, you can probably have this done with no anesthesia.  the color can be matched perfectly and you should get great longevity from the restoration.  This should take no longer than one half hour to do.  Good luck

Scott Young, DDS
Houston Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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