Chipped Tooth Repair

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Chipped Tooth Repair

It is not uncommon to come across someone with a chipped tooth, especially common in children due to their high level of activity. Chipped teeth can be caused by falls, knocks to the face, or even by eating hard foods. If your child’s tooth becomes chipped, our pediatric dentist at Little Egypt Pediatric Dentistry has several options. Evaluate them and decide which one is best for your child. A chipped tooth can occur at any age: a child riding a bicycle, a teenager playing basketball, or an adult biting hard candy. It’s one of the most frequent dental ailments – and, thankfully, one of the simplest to treat. Depending on the extent of the chip, a chipped tooth can be treated in a variety of methods. But first, there are a few things you should do immediately. If possible, keep any fragments of the tooth that have broken off and bring them with you to our clinic. If you are in discomfort, take an over-the-counter pain medicine such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen; washing your mouth with salt water can also help. Next, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

It may be difficult to prevent all hazards of chipping teeth all of the time, but there are certain things parents can do to assist their children in avoiding this problem. For example, children who participate in sports should wear protective equipment such as helmets and facemasks. Mouth guards can also help keep you away from chips. When playing, children should also obey all other safety regulations. It may also be beneficial to avoid eating some hard foods. A chipped tooth is not a serious problem and therefore does not require emergency dental treatment. Instead, you can watch our Little Egypt Pediatric Dentistry dentist during their regular appointment. When you arrive at the appointment, the dentist will evaluate the chip. Then, they will determine the best way to fix it.

Your Options For

Chipped Tooth Repair

Chipped Tooth Repair

Most of us may see a child with a chipped tooth and find it cute or adorable. For some people, this may be their first time witnessing such. But for others, it is an embarrassing moment. So what are your options when you have a chipped tooth?

Over the years, dentistry has devised many options for children and adults with a chipped tooth. It all depends on the severity of the chip and your preference. The least invasive option is to do nothing about it. If the chip is not bothering you and does not affect your biting or eating, then you can just let it be. The tooth will eventually wear down, and the edges will become smoothened. But appearance-wise, it will not look as good as it was before.

  • Dental Fillings: Parents often preach to their children about the need to brush their teeth to prevent cavities. However, the same method for treating cavities may be effective in restoring a chipped tooth, especially if the damage is modest. If the dentist chooses this course of action, they will place a filling on the tooth and rebuild the area. Before this process, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth.

  • Bonding: This method is similar to the last one, except it can be utilized with larger chips. Bonding is also appropriate for front-tooth chipping that may damage the child’s grin. The dentist will use this procedure to attach a composite resin to the afflicted tooth. The dentist will also ensure that the bonding matches the color of the tooth and surrounding teeth so that the restored tooth does not stand out.

  • Crown or Cap: Though it is less prevalent in youngsters, if the chip is significant and there is decay in the tooth, a crown or cap may be required. Because the dentist will have to cut away part of the tooth and cover it, an anesthetic will be required. This protects the tooth and improves its appearance. The dentist’s goal is also to make the crown look as close to the natural tooth as feasible.

The Differences Between

Small, Moderate, & Large Chips

  • Small to Moderate Chips: A tiny to moderate chip can often be mended using a technique known as bonding. Bonding is a technique that uses tooth-colored materials to repair lost tooth structures. The term “composite resins” refers to bonding materials that comprise a blend of plastic and glass, which increases strength and clarity. This composite actually joins with the rest of the tooth or becomes one with it. Composite resins can be successfully bonded to most healthy teeth, and they are available in a number of tooth tints for accurate results. When bonding is complete, the repaired tooth may be difficult to discern from its neighbors. Though bonding may not last as long as other restorations, it does not necessitate the use of a dental laboratory and, in most cases, may be completed with minimal drilling of the tooth. It’s an especially attractive option for teenagers, who frequently have to wait until their teeth have finished maturing before deciding on a more permanent sort of dental restoration.
  • Larger Chips: If a tooth has been significantly chipped and a large portion of its structure has been lost, a more comprehensive repair may be required. A veneer or crown restoration (cap) may be recommended in this instance. There are numerous types of veneers and caps, which we will go through with you. Both veneers and caps typically necessitate the use of a dental laboratory and will require more than one appointment to prepare and put. In addition, a root canal operation may be necessary for some circumstances where substantial damage has occurred to prevent or treat infection in the pulp (inner part) of the tooth.

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We are always willing to talk with you and listen to your problems. Please feel free to contact us during the hours listed below via our office phone number or e-mail address. You can reach us after hours by using our answering service. For your child’s chipped tooth problem, call us here at Little Egypt Pediatric Dentistry!

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