Causes of Chipped Teeth

Chipped teeth can ruin an otherwise beautiful smile in a matter of seconds. A chipped tooth can also make eating or speaking clearly difficult. If you have one or more chipped teeth, you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Babak Firouzi will fix your chipped tooth so that you can get back to your busy schedule.


Causes of Chipped Teeth

Some of the most common causes for chipped teeth include:

  • Biting into hard candy or ice
  • Tooth grinding (bruxism)
  • Sports mishaps
  • Accidents and falls
  • Cavities
  • Disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Other bite problems
  • Using teeth as a tool

By ignoring your chipped tooth or teeth, you are inviting other problems with your teeth. Serious consequences include further tooth decay, pain and sensitivity, and more. Even teeth with a small chip should be examined by Dr. Firouzi because they can lead to a major break in the tooth. If this occurs, you may be looking at more than a simple fix for your damaged tooth.


Common Treatments for Chipped Teeth

The severity of your chipped tooth will depend on which treatment option Dr. Firouzi believes is the best. If the chip is minor, Dr. Firouzi may suggest enamel sculpting, in which the enamel surrounding the chip is removed to blend in. Some of the other treatment options available include:

  • Dental bonding – The chip is filled in using dental putty
  • Porcelain veneers – A thin porcelain shell fits over the front of the tooth and hides the chip
  • Dental crowns – If the chip is very serious and a break is imminent, the entire tooth may require a dental crown

If you or a family member has chipped a tooth that needs to be repaired, please contact experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Babak Firouzi at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to set up an appointment.