A chipped tooth is a common dental injury and can be painful and sensitive if left untreated. Although the enamel on your teeth is recognised as being stronger than bone it remains vulnerable to chipping. Biting down on hard substances falls to the face, accidents, and even sports are all common causes of chipped teeth.
There is a wide range of treatments available to restore a chipped tooth including cosmetic treatments like contouring and direct composite bonding.
If you have a broken tooth, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. Many people choose to ignore chipped teeth because they worry about how restored teeth may look and feel.
Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry is totally committed to excellence in dentistry and aims to provide the very best that dentistry has to offer. Our expert dentists will figure out the best course of treatment to repair your chipped tooth and provide you with the highest standard of care.
If you are over the age of sixteen and have a chipped tooth you may be wondering what to do next, how to arrange an appointment, and what is involved in fixing a chipped tooth. For more information, keep reading.
What to do when you get a chipped tooth?
If you have a chipped tooth, you should make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Often, people with chipped teeth do not seek treatment as they are unaware of long-term consequences.
If your chipped tooth is painful, sensitive, or uncomfortable, the pulp may be exposed meaning your nerves are left vulnerable. There are several options available to repair and restore chipped teeth and many require prompt treatment.
Why are my teeth chipping?
Small chips, often referred to as minor fractures, are commonly caused by wear and tear, tooth clenching, grinding habits, or minor trauma.
‘Serious fractures’ generally occur after an accident or trauma involving the teeth, such as during contact sports, while root fractures, the most severe type of tooth fracture, involve a vertical or horizontal fracture through the root.
What treatment is available for a chipped tooth?
The treatment best suited to you is determined by the kind of severity of your chipped tooth or teeth. The Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry has a restorative treatment ethos, to try and save as much of the original tooth as possible.
Cosmetic contouring is tooth reshaping and is a convenient, low-cost treatment for minor fractures such as chipped, uneven, or cracked teeth. This procedure is quick and generally painless and aims to smooth out any rough edges.
Direct bonding or composite bonding
Direct bonding is a type of composite bonding used to repair chipped, broken, or cracked teeth. By bonding composite resin directly to the tooth, this treatment can help restore the appearance of damaged teeth.
Porcelain veneers are usually the best treatment for multiple chipped teeth. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the existing tooth to restore the broken appearance. This procedure is recommended when there is insufficient tooth for contouring or bonding.
How to make an appointment near you
Dealing with a chipped or broken tooth can be hard but it is important to make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible to receive the best restoration treatment.
Our Windsor practice is located near London and welcomes clients from all over, even abroad who can travel to the UK. To make an appointment with Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry, contact us today.