Our dentists in Claremont see many patients with teeth that keep chipping. Having a tooth that recurrently chips can be frustrating and highly inconvenient.
The enamel coating around your teeth is one of the strongest materials in your body. However, when exposed to ongoing wear and tear or sudden physical trauma, it’s quite possible for the enamel to weaken, resulting in a chipped tooth.
Often, once a tooth chips, it can be prone to chipping again in the future. Therefore, it's important to get your tooth repaired properly, so that you don't have to keep experiencing the same issue.
There are several reasons that could cause a tooth to chip. The most common causes are:
Furthermore, there are other factors that can contribute to the weakening of your enamel:
Reattachment – if you were able to find the piece of tooth that chipped off, place the piece of tooth inside your cheek to keep it moist and get to the dentist immediately. Depending on how severely the tooth is damaged, it may be possible to reattach it using a special bonding substance.
Porcelain veneer – an impression is made of your tooth and an exact replica is made of it using extremely durable material which can last up to 30 years if taken care of.
Bonding – either resin or porcelain is cemented onto your tooth and shaped according to your original tooth. This can last up to 10 years.
Dental Crown or Cap – in cases where a large piece of the tooth has chipped off, or if the tooth is severely decayed, a cap or crown may be used to repair the tooth. Various materials can be used for this process.
Although chipped teeth rarely result in extreme pain and discomfort, it’s still necessary to have them repaired as soon as possible as they can cause other dental issues in the future.
For more information about chipped teeth, or to book a consultation with one of our friendly dentists, please feel free to contact us.
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