What Is the Best Option for a Chipped or Cracked Tooth?


A damaged tooth can detract from your smile’s beauty, but it can also lead to more serious dental concerns when left untreated. If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, there are a number of restoration techniques our dentists can use to repair the damage, strengthen the tooth, and protect the natural tooth structure.

Porcelain veneers are designed to cover the front portion of the tooth, conceal any damage, and blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile. This cosmetic dentistry option preserves the majority of your natural tooth and is considered a minimal prep procedure. However, if a substantial amount of your tooth is missing, porcelain veneers may not be your most durable option.

Porcelain crowns are custom-designed to cover the damaged tooth like a sheath, providing excellent structural support and restoring the function of the tooth. Since dental crowns cover the entire tooth, more of the natural tooth must first be removed to help ensure a precise fit and a natural-looking aesthetic. While a more extensive tooth preparation is necessary for porcelain crowns, the result is typically an extremely durable restoration.

For milder cracks or chips, composite dental bonding is also an option. This can sometimes be utilized as an alternative treatment for patients who may not need or desire a porcelain veneer to address their concerns.

At Germantown Dental Group, our porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth, restore the integrity of your bite, and look beautiful for decades.