During our days of sheltering in place, chipped teeth were one of the most common urgent dental problems we saw. People who needed urgent dental care were lucky that Dr. Motiwala was able to help them right away. Because chipped teeth can be very bad or very mild, there are many different ways to fix them.
Chipped Teeth Requiring Little to No Treatment
Some cases of chipped teeth don’t need nearly any treatment. You can choose not to fix a chipped tooth if it is small, does not expose the sensitive dentin under the enamel, and does not have any sharp edges. If there are rough spots with sharp edges, you can ask the dentist to reshape and smooth those spots so that your lips and tongue don’t get hurt.
For cosmetic reasons, a person with a few chipped teeth can choose whether or not to get treatment.
Chipped Teeth Requiring Restoration
Most of the time, chipped teeth do need to be fixed to get them back to their normal look, health, and function. Of course, we want to fix broken teeth in the front of the mouth so that they look good. When a tooth is chipped, it is often necessary to fix the damage to keep the tooth healthy. When a chip takes off a whole layer of enamel, the dentin underneath can be sensitive and more likely to get cavities. It is important for the long-term health of the tooth to replace the enamel with a dental material.
We also need to think about what the tooth is for. With your front teeth, you can bite into and tear food. If your front teeth are broken or don’t line up right, it might be hard to eat a sandwich or cut a pizza.
Dental composite material is one way to fix a front tooth that has been chipped. This is what many people call “bonding.” This material comes in a lot of different colors, so Dr. Motiwala can match and blend in with the color of your natural teeth.
This is the best way to fix a chipped tooth quickly and cheaply. Those are the clear benefits. There are, however, a couple of major problems. Composite fillings for chipped teeth tend to chip or break off, especially if the person has a habit of clenching or grinding his or her teeth. Some people use their front teeth as tools, which is how they broke the tooth in the first place. Composite bonding is not a good way to hold hair pins in place or cut fishing line.
Porcelain veneers can fix many cosmetic problems with the front teeth, like chipped teeth. Because they cover the visible part of the tooth and wrap just over the biting edge, porcelain veneers are stronger than composite material. With more coverage, retention and longevity are improved.
Composite material just fills in the missing tooth structure. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, cover the entire visible surface of the tooth and allow the dentist to make other cosmetic changes as needed. The bite of the teeth does not change because of porcelain veneers.
Veneers are a good way to treat teeth that have lost a lot of tooth structure or that need more than just fixing the broken part to look better. Large cavities are not easy to fix with veneers.
A porcelain crown covers the whole visible tooth, from front to back, side to side, and the biting edge to the gums. With this much coverage, it’s easy to see how a crown can make a big difference in a tooth. They can fix big cracks, big holes, and problems with the bite.
At Dr. Motiwala Dental Clinic & Implant Centre, we are proud of all of our cosmetic dentistry, and we promise to give you good, long-lasting dental care. Dr. Motiwala will suggest a dental crown when there are signs that other treatments won’t work in the long run. In many cases, we will use composite to do a “quick fix” repair, knowing that the tooth will need a crown for a long-term solution.
What Causes Chipped Teeth?
In general, there are two main types of things that cause chipped teeth: 1) Macrotrauma and 2) Microtrauma. Don’t worry, we’ll tell you what these words and phrases mean.
Macrotrauma is an injury that happens when a lot of force is put on a tooth in a short amount of time. This causes the tooth to chip or break. Things like sports injuries, car accidents, and fights are examples of this. When something hits your tooth with a lot of force, it can break. Not all macrotraumas can be stopped. Wearing a protective mouthguard and your seatbelt can lower your risk.
Microtrauma is when a small amount of force is applied over a long period of time over and over again. In dentistry, microtrauma is often caused by bruxism, which is when people clench and grind their teeth at night. Over time, grinding your teeth makes the tooth weaker and causes tiny cracks in the enamel. This tooth structure has been weakened, so it could break under normal use. If you broke a tooth while eating something that wasn’t too hard, it’s likely that you had microtrauma on that tooth before it broke. If you grind your teeth at night, you can avoid microtrauma by wearing a professional nightguard made just for you. If the edges of your front teeth where you bite look jagged or uneven, you probably have microtrauma and should think about getting a protective nightguard made by Dr. Motiwala.
Are Some Chipped Teeth Too Bad to Repair?
Yes. Some chipped teeth are so bad that they might not be able to be fixed, even with dental care. This means that we can’t make any promises about how long the treatment will last. We can always do temporary things to keep you smiling, but we want to make sure that our dental work lasts for a long time.
Do You Have a Chipped Tooth That Needs Repair?
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