How Can You Fix Chipped Teeth?

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Like millions who have chipped teeth, are you unhappy with the state of your oral cavities? Are you one of those who are hesitant to smile because of your less than perfect pearly whites? It is possible to get your smile back by treatments doctors can perform. Some of them are pretty easy procedures while others may take more than one visit but will definitely be worth it.

The first thing you have to do is to have your chipped teeth checked by a dentist. The doctor would most likely perform a series of tests on you including X-rays in order to gauge the extent of the chipping. Sometimes, it would not be serious and would only require a simple procedure but there are also cases when the teeth around it are also affected. One of the clear indications of this is when the tooth hurts.

One of the simplest ways to repair chipped teeth is by reshaping it. This can be done if the damage is in the enamel only. The chip will be smoothed and buffed until it looks more natural. The procedure is fairly easy to do and can be finished after just one session with the dentist. Tooth reshaping is not an option if the damage extends beneath the enamel or the dentin of the tooth because bacteria can get through it. In cases like this, a more complex solution will be taken by the dentist.

If the chipping occurred fairly recently, keep the chipped part and soak it in a milk solution or salty water. This will help if you plan to have it bonded to your chipped teeth. Bonding is akin to tooth reshaping but the difference is that the fractured piece is returned to the damaged teeth. A bonding agent is applied in order to merge the parts. If you don't have the fractured piece, the dentist would most likely bond a filling that have the same color as your other teeth so that it wouldn't look artificial.

If the chip exposes the possibility of injuring the nerves, the doctor can do two things. He can either place veneers or if it is serious, crowns in the affected teeth. Veneer is a coating that is placed on top of chipped teeth. It is made from very thin porcelain laminates and it looks natural that is why it is usually preferred by most people. Crowns on the other hand are used for those that have been treated for tooth decay or those that have badly damaged teeth. It is a cap that serves to protect the tooth from further damage as well as safeguard it from bacteria.

After having your chipped teeth fix, do not forget to practice the proper oral hygiene. This will stop the damage from spreading over your other teeth. Regularly see your dentist too and adapt a calcium-rich diet.

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This article was published on 2010/03/28