Best Ways to Handle a Chipped Tooth
The unexpected will always crop up and if you have an accident or injury that leaves you with a chipped tooth, rest easy and do not panic. Our dentist has a variety of options available to repair or replace it, without causing unnecessary stress to you. Your first step after it happens, for whatever reason, whether it is connected to sports, work or an automobile accident, is to control any bleeding. Next, find any pieces that might be lying around and go to the dentist as soon as you can to start the restoration of your tooth.
If you have experienced an injury to your mouth and now have a chipped tooth, help is on the way. At Midtown Dental we have highly experienced professionals who can help repair or replace your tooth to their former appearance and health. Call us today to set up an appointment and we will restore your smile as soon as possible.
Reasons to Not Ignore Your Injury
The tendency of some people, especially if the injury is not causing any pain, is to ignore the chipped tooth. Going to the dentist can be a stressful experience and many would rather live with the damaged tooth than deal with the procedures to restore or replace it. This is not a wise idea, because once a tooth is damaged, it can degrade over time. The degrading of the tooth’s structure could lead to more problems later on, involving pain and further breakage and may even lead to gum or nerve damage. Get it taken care of while fresh to avoid later problems.
Options Available for Repair
If the tooth is only slightly damaged, its normal appearance can be easily restored by filing and bonding. The filing is relatively painless and the resin used in bonding hardens quickly through use of a curing light. If the damage is more extensive, then porcelain veneers can be employed to hide the cosmetic damage from view.
If the tooth is more badly damaged, but is not painful or causing misalignment of the other teeth, the dentist may opt to reinforce it through the use of crowns, inlays and onlays. Crowns fit over the damaged tooth, providing support for chewing; inlays act much in the same way as fillings, protecting it from further damage or food getting inside. Onlays are used when the tooth requires more protection than a crown can give, and are bonded snugly.
When Extraction is Required
Tooth extraction of a chipped tooth is only done when absolutely necessary. If you experience pain from the tooth while eating or drinking, then extracting the tooth would be a better option than leaving it there. There is no better way to improve your dental health when your teeth are damaged than extraction. Missing teeth can be easily replaced through the use of dental implants, which are surgically installed, or through dental bridges, which attach to the surrounding teeth. The aesthetics remain undisturbed, and you will not have to live with tooth pain.