It is no surprise that a chipped tooth can be unsightly; however, did you also know that a chipped tooth can lead to a future dental problem? In some cases, a chipped tooth may even indicate an underlying dental issue.
When you experience a chipped tooth, it is important to visit a dentist you can trust. At Dentistry At Its Finest, Dr. Ayzin and our team are dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful, functional smile. We work with you every step of the way to ensure your needs are met.
The good news is that a chipped tooth is quite simple to repair, especially if it is caught early. When you leave a chipped tooth untreated, it may increase your risk of developing a dental infection or tooth decay, which may require advanced treatment.
How To Fix A Chipped Tooth
If you notice a chipped tooth, we will evaluate your smile and determine which treatment option is right for you. In simple cases, it may be possible to file down the tooth to create a more even surface. However, most chips do require either dental bonding or a dental crown. Tooth bonding is typically performed on the chips on the front teeth, while dental crowns are typically placed on the molars because they give an extra layer of support for chewing.
What Happens If I Don’t Fix A Chipped Tooth?
Depending on the extent of damage to the tooth, a chip may cause tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, or dental infection. If this is the case, we may have to recommend advanced treatment, such as a root canal or tooth extraction.
What Causes Chipped Teeth?
Patients can experience a chipped tooth for a variety of different reason, including:
- Dental trauma
- Using the teeth as tools
- Chewing ice
- Poor dental health
- Contact during sports
- Teeth grinding
Our team will assess your needs to determine the underlying cause of your tooth damage and recommend the best solution for you.
To explore your treatment options for chipped teeth, visit Dentistry At Its Finest. To schedule an appointment, call 714.540.5511 or request an appointment online.