Ouch! Did you recently chip a tooth while eating, or chewing on ice or a pencil? What about during a sporting event, or simply a fluke accident? Many people find themselves struggling with chipped teeth, wondering if treatment is really necessary and if so what can be done to help improve the comfort and appearance of the smile. The good news is that modern restorations make it possible to help teeth that have been damaged by chips and other problems, and often quickly and with beautiful results. So, if you are struggling with a damaged tooth, why not find out how a restorative dentist can help?
Chips Can Be More Than a Cosmetic Issue
While a chipped tooth might initially seem like a purely cosmetic issue, a damaged tooth can become a much bigger problem than an eyesore. Anytime a tooth’s interior becomes exposed to bacteria, it is at risk of developing an infection. These can be quite painful, and eventually require a tooth to be extracted.
Fortunately, by addressing dental issues like chips quickly, you can reduce the potential need for extraction.
Address Issues Promptly to Prevent Worsening Problems
All dental issues, from chips to cavities, require restorative treatment, because the teeth lack the ability to repair themselves. Over time, minor issues are only likely to worsen.
Fortunately, modern restorations are designed to be both comfortable and natural-looking. Tooth fillings, for instance, can often be used to address chips. Modern tooth fillings are often made from composite resin material, which can be carefully sculpted to look beautiful and natural. Plus it bonds tightly with teeth, creating a great seal against bacteria exposure.
In some cases, though, a porcelain crown may be needed. Porcelain is more durable and stain resistant than the resin material, allowing for especially long-lasting restorations.
Does Your Smile Need Restoration?
Chips are not the only cause for restorative treatment. If you fear your smile could be in trouble, schedule an appointment with Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry in Spring, TX, by calling 281-320-2000, today.