You might be familiar with that sinking feeling that comes when you feel a tiny, hard fragment of enamel in your mouth – you’ve chipped a tooth. Or maybe it’ll happen to you in the future. Plenty of situations can result in you getting a small chip. When there’s a crack or chip on the exterior of the tooth, several procedures could be called for depending on the damage. We’ve got some handy advice for what to do when it happens to you, and what kind of dental procedures your dentist could perform to treat it.
Get to the dentist as soon as possible
If you damage your tooth, you need to get to a professional as soon as possible. If you’re looking for a trusted dentist in Wellington, look no further than our trusted team here at Victoria Street Dental. Meanwhile, there are a couple of dangers involved with a chipped tooth. It could expose the pulp, in which case you’ll know – your tooth will be very sensitive and sore. Some pain relief like paracetamol is a good idea in this case, as well as avoiding eating on that side and sticking to soft foods. The jagged edge could also cut your lip or tongue, so you could use some paraffin wax or chewing gum to cover it up.
Minor repairs to get back on the road
For most chips, bonding or filling procedures will fix you up and often only require one visit to the dentist. Fillings are not overly painful and reduce a lot of long-term pain and damage risk. Fillings can be made of multiple materials. Silver amalgam and plastic resins are used as a quicker and more inexpensive option that can be completed in one visit. For a more clean-looking and hard-wearing job, or for a more natural look to match the tooth, porcelain or even gold fillings can be used. Bonding is similar but uses a coating of resin applied to the tooth and dried with a high-intensity curing light to fill in small chips and leave your tooth looking just like it did before – no worries.
The crown jewel
A dental crown is a cover that is moulded to your tooth and is placed over the top. They can be used for structural or cosmetic reasons, or both. While crowns require multiple visits, since they are made in a dental laboratory to specification, the results are phenomenal and are well worth the effort. If your teeth are severely weakened, or they have cosmetic damage like discolouring, crowns can be the answer. The tooth crown can be made of resin, porcelain or metal and is cemented on to the tooth after reducing it a little in size. The result is like a whole new tooth, sturdy and great looking, giving you that confidence to smile!
Could a chip result in tooth extraction?
A chip will not require extraction, but more substantial damage might. Especially large cavities, as well as fractures that compromise the structural integrity of the tooth – for example, if they go down below the gumline – make some teeth prime candidates for extraction. If this is the case, your dentist will let you know. But, if you chip your tooth, don’t worry about it – there is almost no chance you’ll need to get the tooth pulled.
Are you ready to give us a toothy grin?
No matter what treatment you require, a visit to your dentist is all it takes to get the ball rolling. They will be able to judge which treatment is needed for your teeth and get you smiling again in no time. Contact us at Victoria St Dental today – your teeth will thank you for it.