Tooth enamel is one of the toughest substances in the human body. Surprisingly, it is very easy to get a chipped tooth. Things like biting down on hard foods like nuts are enough to get a tooth chip. It is very common to have a chipped tooth. However, many people never realize that failure to fix a chipped tooth can lead to more damage, tooth loss, or serious gum infection.
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What Is a Chipped Tooth?
A chipped tooth refers to broken enamel, which leads to an uneven or jagged surface and can disfigure the teeth. You will never feel pain unless the chip on the tooth is large enough to expose the inner tooth layer nerves. A chipped tooth can increase sensitivity when drinking hot or cold beverages and eating hot meals.
What Are the Causes of a Chipped Tooth?
There are different causes of a chipped tooth. Some common causes are bad bites, where you bite on a hard product like a hard bone, ice cube, or a nut. Weak teeth can easily get chipped. Some of the reasons for having weak teeth are tooth cavities and tooth decay, smoking, poor oral hygiene, eating meals with excess acid, and much more.
Chipped Tooth Treatment Procedure
Chipped tooth treatment will depend on the location and severity of the damage. Our experienced dentists will perform both treatment and diagnosis. When you have a small chip, our dentist will smooth and polish the chipped tooth, and no further treatment will be performed. When you have a large chip, our dentist will have to perform tooth reattachment when the broken teeth fragment is still with you. The dentist will cement the fragment back onto the tooth.
Dental bonding or dental filling is another treatment option our dentists will consider. It is where the dentist repairs a chipped tooth by using a tooth-colored composite resin. In dental bonding, our dentist will first etch the tooth surface using a gel or liquid to help roughen its surface for the bonding material to adhere to it. An adhesive material will be applied, and a tooth-colored resin will be applied. It will then be reshaped to resemble a natural tooth, and ultraviolet light will help harden the material. A dental bond has a lifespan of up to 10 years.
How Long Will it Take for a Chipped Tooth to Recover?
The recovery period of a chipped tooth depends on its location and severity. In most cases, it can take one week for the entire treatment process and recovery.
Are Chipped Tooth Treatment Results Permanent?
Chipped tooth treatment results can last from 10 to 30 years, depending on the treatment used and how they are maintained. If you need help fixing your chipped tooth, D.A. Dental can help! We provide emergency cosmetic dentistry services to help get you out of pain within the shortest time possible. Contact us today at (774) 374-8295 to learn more about chipped tooth treatment or schedule an appointment.