Enamel Shaping -- Often used in conjunction with dental bonding, enamel shaping can also correct small chips or surface flaws. During enamel shaping, a small portion of the tooth's surface is removed or recontoured to smooth out imperfections.
Dental Veneers -- When the damage is significant and dental bonding or enamel shaping can't be used, you may need veneers. These thin, porcelain wafers completely cover the surface of the tooth and are often used for front teeth.
Root Canal -- Experiencing pain in the location of the chipped tooth can be a sign that the nerve is exposed. If that's the case, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.
Dental Crown -- A dental crown is used to completely cover larger teeth or to cap a tooth after a root canal.
Tooth Extraction -- If the tooth can't be saved, a tooth extraction may be necessary. The good news is a dental bridge or dental implants can replace missing teeth.
Chipped teeth are often the result of trauma. But you can also chip your teeth on food or other hard objects. Here's how to protect your teeth from harm:
Mouthguards -- If you play sports, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. Your dentist can make a custom-fit mouthguard that's comfortable to wear. A night guard can also protect your mouth from bruxism.
Diet -- Avoiding hard and sticky foods will help reduce the possibility of a chipped tooth. Also, don't chew on pencils or open things with your teeth.
Oral Hygiene -- Practice excellent oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly to keep your dental health in check. The healthier your teeth are the less susceptible they'll be to damage.
If you have a chipped tooth, talk to your dentist right away. If you don't have a dentist, we can help you find one!