Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth will depend on the extent of the damage.
Filling: If you have just chipped off a small piece of the tooth enamel, your dentist will be able to repair it with a filling. If the affected tooth is one that is visible (i.e. in the front of your mouth), a procedure called bonding will be done using a tooth-colored composite resin.
Dental Cap/Crown: If there is a lot of decay or the damaged area is very large, your tooth may need to be covered with a crown or tooth-shaped cap, made to protect the tooth and improve its appearance.
Dental Veneers: If your tooth is chipped or broken, a natural-colored dental veneer can help it look whole and healthy again.
Root Canal: In the severest of cases, if the break is large enough to expose the pulp, a root canal may need to be done to prevent infection.
Dental crowns and veneers usually require two trips to the dentist, 2-3 weeks apart.
For 2-4 hours after a dental crown, patients typically experience numbness in the mouth area as well as minor tooth sensitivity. You should avoid cold/hot foods as well as chewing on the affected side for at least 2-3 days after treatment.
Unlike crowns, which require more of your tooth to be filed down, veneers require very little of your tooth to be shaved meaning that you will face much less pain during recovery. Also, you can expect the recovery from your first treatment to be significantly longer and more painful than the second when you are fitted with the actual veneer.