If you have recently chipped your tooth, you need to see your dentist. Repairing a chipped tooth is not just for those that are concerned about a perfect smile; your dental health is also at stake. Although your outer tooth layer is the strongest substance in the human body, it is not uncommon for it to break or crack. You may think it is fine to ignore, but when you chip a tooth you have lost valuable tooth structure and your tooth is now more susceptible to further cracks and other damage. Several factors go into determining how and why your chipped tooth needs to be treated. The size of the damage and location of the chip all play important roles in which restorative procedure your dentist chooses to use.
Small Chips: Most minor chips can easily be repaired using dental bonding. This is a relatively inexpensive and quick procedure using composite resin, a tooth-colored filling material.
Large Chips: If you have cracked a large portion of your tooth, it is best to consider a crown or veneer for a more effective and durable solution. Both procedures can be matched to your tooth color and will result in a natural, fully functional tooth. Remember that if you happen to find the piece of tooth that has broken off, place it in a cup of water or milk immediately. Your dentist may be able to bond your original tooth back together if possible.
Chips Near the Pulp: When your break is near the inner chamber of the tooth, or the tooth pulp, then your restoration will most likely involve a root canal to preserve the tooth and eliminate your pain from nerve damage.
Regardless of the size or location of your chipped tooth, it is most important that you let your dentist know as soon as possible. Park South Dentistry offers emergency dental hours to ensure patients get the prompt dental care they deserve after a tooth trauma.