Do you have one or more chipped teeth? We get a lot of questions from new patients calling our Georgetown dental office and current patients about this common dental issue. We thought we’d take a moment to answer the top three chipped teeth mysteries to help you make the best decision for your and your oral health.
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1) How Do You Treat Chipped Teeth?
Dr. Derek Winegar, your reliable, down-to-earth cosmetic dentist in Georgetown, has the advanced tools and training to detect how best to treat your chipped teeth. If you have something that’s small, we can easily file your tooth back to a more natural shape that blends with your smile. If a file won’t work, there’s always cosmetic bonding. Before it hardens and cures, this material can be molded to a tooth free from chips and discoloration. Larger, more invasive chips will sometimes require reconstructive care using a custom dental crown or root canal.
2) How Do You Get Chipped Teeth?
Remember to always take care of your teeth at home with regular brushing and flossing to keep your smile free from chips and cracks. Don’t forget that:
- Regular checkups with the team at our Georgetown dental office will also give you an advantage in the fight against tooth decay and damage.
- It’s important to use caution when eating hard foods or crunching ice, and hard candy, especially if your teeth are weak.
- Your teeth shouldn’t be used as tools to open bags or other items.
Do you bite your nails? Let us help you! This is another extremely common way you can chip a tooth.
3) How Do You Avoid Further Complications?
Even if you don’t have any pain due to a chipped tooth, it’s important to get it taken care of. Unfortunately, chips can quickly turn into decay, so you’ll want to act fast to stop any damage in its tracks. Over time, untreated chips can also lead to tooth sensitivity when you’re trying to enjoy foods or beverages that are hot or cold.