Teeth are very strong, but are not invincible. And some individuals may have softer teeth than others making them more susceptible to chipping or breaking. If you should chip a tooth, you should plan to see the dentist as soon as possible depending on the severity of the break. There are several ways to chip a tooth with most of them being very preventable.
Habits that are harmful to teeth
1. Biting fingernails – In addition to the possibility that nail biting can chip your teeth, habitual nail biting is seen as unsanitary, can result in infection and over time, can even create a malocclusion.
2. Chewing on ice – All it takes is one ice cube to chip or break a tooth. People who munch on ice throughout the day are risking their dental health. And it’s not just ice that can chip a tooth … anything hard (nuts, popcorn kernels, hard candy, etc.) can chip a tooth.
3. Using teeth to open packages – This is what scissors are for. People who use their teeth to tear into packaging should think twice before ever doing it again.
4. Mindless acts – You go throughout the day without giving thought to the same mundane actions that you experience day in and day out. Getting a drink at a water fountain, bumping into a door, or contact from a fall or accident can result in chipped dentition. Paying better attention can prevent many of these things from occurring.
Solutions for a Chipped Tooth
A minor chip can be resolved by the application of a tooth colored resin that your dentist will artfully apply and trim to the natural contour of your tooth.
If dental bonding is not a sufficient option, your dentist may recommend a dental veneer. A veneer is a thin, tooth colored shell that is ultimately bonded to the front of the tooth requiring correction.
If the tooth chip is large or the tooth has been weakened, a dental crown may be the best option. The tooth is filed down, an impression is taken, and sent to the dental lab to be made. A temporary is provided until the final restoration can be delivered.
A chipped tooth may be preventable; but there are many solutions for repair if the unthinkable should occur – schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as you can! Call us today though to get more tips at the office of Dr. Lori Logan!