In that split second when a tooth breaks, don’t we all wish we could turn back the clock?
Chipped and fractured teeth do not enhance anyone’s smile and the chip exposes the inside of the tooth to bacteria and wear, which can lead to infections, toothaches, and additional breaks.
Teeth fracture and chip for a lot of reasons.
Trauma, olive pits, nut shells and elbows to the mouth happen to the best of us. Chips and fractures can also be caused by an unhealthy bite.
Chipped teeth are easily repaired
Depending on the size of the chip this could mean something as simple as a filling to something like an onlay or crown. Chipped off portions need to be replaced and the tooth needs additional coverage to reinforce the tooth’s remaining structure.
Actual Patient Before/After
Why should I repair my fractured tooth if no one can see it?
People are typically eager to fix it because a front tooth changes how you look and messes up your smile. Not surprisingly though, people often procrastinate on repairing teeth that don’t show up in their smile. Before you decide that repairing a chipped back tooth is a waste, stop and consider how is putting you at risk for an infection, root canal or toothache might make you feel…
How do chipped teeth become toothaches?
Picture a tooth. Did you picture something white? When we think about teeth, we normally picture the hard outer protective layer of white enamel that we can see, right? We rarely stop to think about the inner parts of the tooth, the softer yellow dentin and the nerve. When a tooth chips, it loses a piece of its protective outer white layer, which means that the softer inner layer of dentin is exposed. Dentin is more sensitive to temperature and to pain, and it’s more vulnerable to infection. That is why chipped teeth lead to toothaches and infections if left untreated. With its protective layer unrestored, the tooth is headed for trouble. Wanna learn more? Read this interesting Colgate article.