Chipped teeth effectively and quickly lessen the dazzle of even the brightest of smiles, even if the teeth involved are at their whitest. When you talk or smile, there is a huge possibility that your chipped teeth will be the focus of those who are in front of you – and what a huge shame that would be, to be judged by teeth chipped as a result from something you did not want to happen!
Chipping teeth can be caused by a number of factors –most of which are accidental by nature. Accidents and trauma to the mouth or face area can lead to teeth chipped; these accidents may or may not include sports-related injuries, automotive accidents, rough playing, biting on something extremely hard. Chipping teeth may not seem like something that happens if you are careful enough, but you might be surprised at the number of chipped teeth incidents that occur involving even the most conscientious of people.
You Have Chipped Teeth – Now What?
So what do you do if you have chipped teeth? Do you just go around hiding behind a half-smile, in the hopes of keeping your chipping teeth a secret? With the technology available in the world of dentistry nowadays, your chipped teeth can be turned back into a completely dazzling smile with one of these procedures:
- Enamel Shaping – for minor chip teeth cases and slight imperfections, enamel shaping is the solution. It is done by fixing the contour of a small area of the tooth’s surface, and can easily even out the rough areas on the teeth chipped.
- Dental Bonding or Filling – This procedure entails the use of a composite having the same color as the natural tooth to fill out the damaged area of the chipped teeth. Depending on the extent of damage on the chipped teeth, dental bonding or filling can repair the teeth chipped in a matter of hours.
- Dental Veneer – Used for more extensively-damaged chipped teeth, a dental veneer is a thin porcelain layer that is used to cover the natural teeth – and the teeth chipped. Chipping teeth covered with a dental veneer will look like no damage happened to them in the first place!
- Dental Crown – These are used for chipped teeth that are larger, and in general have suffered more serious damage. Dental crowns will also be the best solution if you experience pain and discomfort when you chew using your chipped teeth, or they become extremely sensitive to heat and cold.
- Dental Implants- In cases when the teeth chipped have suffered extensive damage and have to be extracted, dental implants are the answer. The dental implant provides a root structure for the replacement tooth to anchor to, to replace the chipped teeth.
Having teeth chipped is not the end of the world – or your bright smile, for that matter. Just make sure that you seek the help of your dentist as soon as the chipped teeth happen, so you are given a solution as soon as possible.
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