Chipped teeth can happen for a multitude of reason. They can occur due to physical damage during sports or accidents, but they can also happen due to tooth decay. What tooth is chipped can say a lot about the cause of the chipped tooth.
One common reason teeth get physical chipped is because of a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism is the medical terminology for habitually grinding the teeth throughout the day and night. Stress is the typical cause of bruxism, however, complications in bite alignment can also cause it. Over time, the constant grinding of teeth can weaken the structure of the back molars causing them to chip away. For this to occur, either bruxism has been doing on for a long time or the force of a person’s bruxism is very dramatic.
If your front teeth become chipped, it’s most likely due to tooth decay caused by the bacteria in your mouth, however, physical damage can also chip these teeth in the right circumstances. Tooth decay can be prevented by maintaining good oral health. The best way to maintain good oral health is to brush and floss daily and make regular visits to our office for teeth cleanings. Brushing your teeth alone is not always good enough at removing the bacteria in your mouth, and this is why it’s important to come see us as well.
The fixes for chipped teeth depend on their severity and location. A common method used to fix chipped teeth is to use dental bonding. Dental bonding is a viscous material that hardens under a special UV light. Dental bonding is a great way to correct a chipped tooth, because it can be formed to the perfect shape. It’s also made from very durable materials which will last a long time if taken care of properly.
If you have a chipped tooth, it’s important to get it repaired as soon as possible. Delaying repair makes the tooth susceptible to decay. Fortunately, we’re here to help you through the process. Give us a call, and we’ll get you into our office as soon as possible.