We have all had the experience of biting into something and feeling a piece of one of our teeth chipping away or bumping our mouth on something hard and breaking away a piece of one of our teeth. When this happens we often consider ignoring the chipped tooth because it is in a location that is rarely seen, but we are inviting trouble into our mouth if we do not fix broken tooth enamel as quickly as possible.
In order to fix broken tooth enamel, you will have to see a dentist. There are no home remedies that will repair a chipped tooth. Make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as the breakage happens, and before you begin to experience any pain in the tooth.
When you see the dentist they will examine the damage that has been done to your mouth and will ask you how this happened. They will more than likely want to take a couple of x-rays to make certain that the tooth has not been damaged below the gum line. A chipped tooth above the gum line may also signify more significant damages below the surface.
Once the dentist has ruled out any damages below the surface of the gums they will offer you recommendations on how to repair your tooth. Some of the many ways they have of doing this are:
- Crowns that are made of porcelain can be placed over teeth in the front of the mouth to hide the breakage and maintain the beauty of your smile
- Veneers are built in the dentist office and they are thin layers of material used to build the tooth back up into the shape that it needs to be in
- Caps are generally used on children’s teeth and on teeth that are located in the back of the mouth. These are less expensive to apply than the crowns or veneers and in the back of the mouth, they are good alternatives
If the damages to the tooth extend below the gum line the dentist may recommend you have a root canal done or that you have the tooth extracted and a dental implant placed in the hole. Dental implants can be made to replace one tooth or several teeth in the mouth.
A lot of people have an irrational fear of dental work. Because of these fears they often tend to avoid having dental work done. If you avoid or ignore a broken tooth then the enamel could continue to crumble and eventually expose the dentin beneath it or a nerve.
These openings in the teeth leave the softer dentin exposed and vulnerable to invasion of germs and bacteria.
If you do not seek proper treatment you can be setting yourself up for more dental work in the near future. If you are afraid to see the dentist, do not be ashamed, more than half the population suffers from this fear. Simply explain to the staff at the dental clinic about your fears and they will help you overcome them.
In order to fix broken tooth enamel correctly, the dentist must first perform a check to make sure the damages do not extend below the surface. A chipped tooth may seem to be a minor problem, but left alone they can become a major issue.
If you are living in San Diego, California and looking to have dentist to fix your broken tooth please contact (858) 751-5733 for a free Consultation.