Treatments for a Chipped Tooth

Chipping a tooth is a common dental emergency, but do you need to fix every chip? According to a 2019 study, 33% of chipped teeth require a restoration. However, even if a chipped tooth doesn't require a major restoration, there are still benefits to fixing it, especially if the edge of the tooth is jagged. Fixing a chipped tooth can prevent pain (from the jagged edge), decay (from bacteria getting in through the crack), and infections. 

Thankfully, there are many treatment options when it comes to fixing a chipped tooth, and that’s why our experienced providers at Carl F. Lipe, DDS in Denver, Colorado, encourage you to come in to see us as soon as you realize you’ve chipped a tooth.

In the meantime, here are a few options for fixing a chipped tooth.


Minor chips may benefit from dental bonding. During your appointment, Dr. Lipe applies tooth-colored composite resin to the tooth. This composite resin can be shaped to provide a realistic and aesthetically pleasing appearance. The nice part about dental bonding is that it’s shaped right in your mouth. There’s no need to fabricate a prosthetic tooth, so this can be done in a single visit.

Root canal

If you have a deep chip — a crack that extends down to your nerves — you might benefit from a root canal. Root canals are especially beneficial if you’ve already developed an infection. During this appointment, the infected pulp (the nerves and blood vessels inside your tooth) is removed to prevent further infection or decay.

Dental crown

Dental crowns are one of the most often performed dental restorations. Crowns are sometimes called caps, and they provide strength and durability for your tooth. Crowns can protect a tooth that’s been weakened by a crack or chip. If you had a root canal, you need a crown to protect your tooth. Dental crowns are available in many materials, including ceramic, porcelain, and composite resin.

Not only do crowns protect your tooth, but most crowns look just like a natural tooth, so they add to the aesthetic appeal of your smile.


If a crack is too severe for a root canal, your best option may be an extraction. This may seem overwhelming, but you won’t have to settle for having a missing tooth. You can replace the tooth with a bridge or a dental implant.

What to do during a dental emergency

At Carl F. Lipe, DDS, we know that dental emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye. That’s why we’re proud to offer comprehensive family dentistry, including emergency dental care. 

If you or your child has chipped a tooth, schedule an appointment at our Denver clinic by calling us at 303-558-6231. You can also request an appointment online.

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