In general, patients can expect their union to last between 5 and 10 years. This is not intended to be a long-term solution, as it can last from one to fifteen years, but rarely longer. A better option for a long-term solution is to use a custom-made piece of porcelain instead of acrylic bonding. Porcelain will last indefinitely and won't fray, chip, or discolor.
This is called a porcelain veneer, or a partial porcelain veneer if it doesn't cover the entire front of the tooth. If your tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured, it's important to see your dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, the tooth could become more damaged or infected, leading to the potential loss of the tooth. Dental fillings are a common way to repair a broken tooth or decay, especially if it's a chipped molar or posterior tooth that isn't very visible.
Bonding is also a common repair method for broken or chipped teeth, especially small or less complicated chips. If a break or splinter has left a large part of the tooth missing, the dentist can use a filling material to build the tooth and hold the crown. Veneers are another option for repairing a chipped tooth. This is a layer of material that is placed over the tooth to improve its appearance and protect the surface from further damage. Acidic foods and stomach acids can break down enamel and leave the tooth surface exposed and more likely to chip or break.
Bonding involves molding a composite material over the chip and healthy area of the tooth; first the dentist will roughen the remaining enamel so that the compound adheres properly, then bonding and molding the joint to create a natural-looking covering over the chipped tooth. In the meantime, take an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation, apply ice to the affected area on the outside of the cheek or face, and consider using temporary dental adhesive material or dental wax to cover the uneven edge of the tooth and prevent irritation of the tongue and gums until you can go to the dentist for repair. If only a small portion of enamel has come off, then a filling may be used for repair. For a chipped front or incisor tooth, or other visible tooth highlighted, your dentist may recommend bonding, veneers, or even dental crowns if the breakage is severe. Falling, getting hit in the face, or biting something hard can cause teeth to chip or break. Additionally, if there is already decay present in a tooth then it is more likely to chip or break when exposed to hard objects.
Using clove oil around painful gum spots can also help numb the area around the chipped tooth. It's important to floss your other teeth as well in order to remove any food that may be trapped between them which can put even more pressure on the broken tooth. Veneers can also be used if an attached tooth has already been chipped or broken and can last ten to twenty years. It's important to see your dentist as soon as possible if you have chipped or broken your tooth in order to prevent further damage and infection.