Your smile is your ticket to happy, successful relationships, whether at work or in your personal life. But when you have a chipped tooth, it can impact your self-image and confidence.
How A Chipped Tooth Can Affect Your Self-Image
A chipped tooth, whether as a result of injury or wear-and-tear, can have a significant impact on the way you feel about your smile. Chipped teeth, especially those at the front, can be highly visible and distract other people when talking to you.
Chipped teeth, however, can affect you in other ways, besides making you feel less confident. A chipped tooth can irritate the surrounding gum, thanks to sharp edges. It can also hurt your tongue while talking, eating and sleeping. You can also experience pain while biting using a chipped tooth because of the pressure running from the point of contact with the food down to the nerve.
Fixing a chipped tooth is an excellent idea. Even fixing a small chip in a front tooth can make a profound difference to the way that you smile, talk and interact with others.
How Do You Know If You Have A Chipped Tooth?
Finding out whether you have a chipped tooth is easy. When you visit your dental professional, they’ll perform a visual inspection of your mouth to determine whether there is any evidence of chipping. High-quality dentists will also try to determine what might have caused the chip if the reason is not apparent.
What Treatments Are There For A Chipped Tooth?
How a dental professional treats your chipped tooth depends on the location and severity of the chip.
If you have the piece of your tooth that chipped off, dentists will often be able to reattach it using special adhesives. If you have the dental fragment, keep it in a glass of milk to keep it alive.
A crown or a dental onlay is a popular technique for repairing a chipped tooth. The dentist will take a mold of your teeth, and then send it off to the lab for an onlay to be created. The dentist then fits the onlay or crown with cement.
Sometimes, the best option is to use a dental veneer – a thin piece of porcelain that sits on top of the affected tooth, restoring its shape and color. To place the veneer, the dentist will remove a thin strip of enamel from the surface of the tooth and then cement the veneer in place.
Single Tooth Dental Implant
Single tooth dental implants are best for when the chip is, or the tooth cannot be fixed using other methods.
Sometimes a simple tooth-colored filling is all you need to repair the damage. It’s quick and easy.
If you have a chipped tooth, then get in touch with us today for a consultation. We can see if a tooth-colored filling will fix the chip, or if the tooth is broken.
Speak to us about restoring both the function of your tooth AND its looks with options like a crown, dental veneers, or even a single-tooth dental implant.