22 Mar 4 Unexpected Ways Your Teeth Can Get Chipped
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!