Teeth can become chipped for several reasons. Some of the most common causes of chipped teeth include:
- Tooth decay
- Bite problems
- Sporting accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Biting on hard substances such as hard candy or ice
- Using your teeth as a tool to perform tasks they were not designed for
We strongly advise anyone who has recently chipped a tooth to visit a dentist immediately. It is in your best interest to detect and treat any underlying dental issues before they are allowed to progress and cause more damage.
There are several different methods for repairing a chipped tooth. The severity of the chip will determine which restoration procedure is right for you. Here are the most common procedures, from less severe to more severe:
- Enamel sculpting – Very minor chips can be repaired with this technique. Dr. Firouzi will remove surrounding enamel to “blend in” the chipped area. No bonding is used during this procedure.
- Dental Bonding – Dr. Firouzi will use a paste/putty to fill in the chipped area.
- Porcelain veneers – A thin shell of porcelain will be sculpted to fit over the front of the chipped tooth.
- Dental Crowns – Larger chips may require a crown.
At some point, damage from a chip is too severe to appropriately call it a “chip.” A root canal may be required if the chipping has exposed or damaged any nerve tissue. Major damage to tooth structure often requires a tooth be removed and replaced by a dental bridge or dental implant.