Having a broken or chipped tooth can be a horrible experience. At Cornerstone Dental Arts, there are a variety of treatment options available for a broken or chipped tooth which depends on the circumstances of each case. The doctor will review which options are pertinent for you. They may include:
Bonding, Build-Up or Tooth-Colored Filling
One-Visit CEREC Crowns
Root Canals, if needed
Implants if the tooth cannot be saved
And finally, one of the most obvious suggestions is to try to avoid getting a broken or chipped tooth. Here are some tips compiled by our dentists here at Cornerstone Dental Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee:
1. Use the right tool for the right job.
Teeth are for chewing, and smiling. They are not intended to be used for opening bottles, containers or packages (take it from Jimmy Fallon), cutting thread, or biting nails. Avoid using your teeth for these jobs!
2. Protect your teeth with an adequate athletic mouthguard.
Despite many years of studies, it is far too common that athletes fail to protect their teeth. It is all too common to have dental damage occur that could have easily been avoided. When you or your child are involved in contact sports, make sure you are adequately protecting your teeth . Tooth injuries are extremely common in sports like hockey, rugby, football, baseball, soccer, basketball, etc. The cost of a good, quality, custom fit dental mouthguard is much less than the dental fee for replacing or repairing a broken or chipped tooth.
3. Don’t chew ice.
Having a habit of chewing ice can significantly weaken your enamel and increase the chances of experiencing a chipped or broken tooth. Your jaw muscles are very strong, and of course ice is very hard. Habitually chewing on ice can cause fractures, chips and cracks in your tooth enamel.
4. If you clench or grind your teeth, get a night guard.
Many people may not even be aware that they clench or grind their teeth. But, bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth) night after night can cause significant damage to your teeth. Your dentist may recommend a night guard to help protect your teeth. Call your dentist to discuss this option if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- There is wear on your teeth, especially where they look like they’re becoming flat
- Teeth are very sensitive, especially in the mornings
- There are abfractions, abrasions or small dental splintering that is appearing right at the gum line of your teeth
- You wake with sore jaw muscles or facial pain
- Clicking or popping jaw joints
5. Reconsider oral piercings.
Although oral or facial piercings may be appealing or trendy when you are young, the health concerns and side effects on teeth and gum tissues that tend to occur with them are anything but trendy. General health issues aside, there is a substantially higher risk for chipped teeth with facial piercings. In fact, this study indicated that the MOST common complication (after an oral piercing heals) is damage to teeth.
Cornerstone Dental is accepting New Patients
Although it may not be ideal timing, if you find yourself in need of a solution for a broken, cracked, or chipped tooth, we would love to have the opportunity to welcome you to Cornerstone Dental. We are accepting new patients, and are happy to schedule an appointment so we can show you the Cornerstone Dental difference, and review your treatment options. Click here for an appointment request, or call 865-531-7177.