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There are many innocuous, and more serious causes, of chipped teeth:

  • Trauma to the face

  • Cavities

  • Biting something hard

  • Opening packages with teeth

  • Old amalgam fillings

  • Bruxism or teeth grinding

 

Besides other considerations, a chipped tooth can change one’s smile and effect one’s personality.

 

What to do if you chip a tooth:

 

In the meantime, …

  • Rinse the tooth in warm water

  • Apply pressure with gauze to stop any bleeding

  • Cover the chipped tooth with some dental cement from the drug store

 

How we repair a chipped tooth:

 

Mildly chipped.

Smooth and reshape the tooth with bonding and contouring.

Moderately chipped.

Can be repaired with a filling or a crown.

 

Severely chipped or broken teeth.

We perform a root canal and fabricate a crown.

 

Damage that penetrates all three layers of the tooth (enamel, dentin and pulp) are considered a dental emergency and require immediate treatment to prevent infection and long-term problems.

 

Prevention:

  • Don’t chew on hard objects, especially bones, ice or unpopped popcorn kernels

  • Wear a mouth guard when taking part in contact sports, including sports such as handball or racquetball

  • Address issues of grinding or clenching

  • Avoid physical confrontation (or sports such as kickboxing)

  • Don’t open packages with your teeth

Dental Health Pages

Restorations  
  • Crowns (Same Day)
  • Cavities & Fillings  
  • Bridges  
  • Partial Dentures  

  • Full Dentures

Pain Management    

  • Sleep Sedation (IV)

  • Laughing Gas

  • Intramuscular Sedation (IV)

  • Oral Sedation

  • Lidocaine Injections

Implants

  • All-on-X

  • Single Tooth Implants

  • Multiple Teeth Implants

  • Implant Supported Dentures

  • Bone Grafting

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Teeth Whitening

  • Clear Alingers

  • Veneers

  • Bonding & Contouring

Prevention: Routine Exams

  • Deep Cleanings, Laser  Therapy & Anti-Bacterial Therapy

  • Semi-Annual Check Ups

  • Dental CT Scans & X-Rays   

  • Professional Regular Cleanings      

Endodontics       

  • Root Canals

Oral Surgery    

  • Extractions

  • Wisdom Teeth   

  • Bone Grafting

Orthodontics

  • Clear Aligners

  • Crowding

Dental Self Care   

  • Flossing

  • Brushing   

  • Rinsing

CHIPPED TEETH

A man with a chipped front tooth
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