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Tooth Repair Material: I have a chip of my lower front tooth at the 1/3 area down to the gumline.

I have had the tooth colored material repair done where they use the little light or heat gun. The dentist has roughed up the surface and repaired it at least 4 times in the last two years. The last time it lasted a week.

My question: what is the best material to use to repair this tooth that will not fall out. I don't care what color it is, I just want the repair to stay in. This is getting expensive to keep redoing it. ...Visitor from IL

Answer:
Since you have had this tooth bonded at least 4 times in the last 2 years, it is time to think about a long term solution to restore your tooth.

The front upper and lower teeth take a lot of stress and strain from eating and biting off hard foods and such.

If you have a strong bite you may also be grinding your teeth at night or clenching them during the day. This also causes stress to your front teeth.

It sounds like enough tooth structure is missing from your lower tooth that no amout of "bonding" patches is going to hold.

What you may need is a full crown or cap restoration completed for this tooth for long term strengh and support.

A crown can be made from all porcelain or from a combination of metal with porcelain baked on top. I recommend that you discuss this with your dentist although I think he should have reviewed protecting your tooth with a crown after it broke the 2nd or 3rd time.

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