Chipped teeth are not exactly a stylish look – especially when they’re obvious and at the front of the mouth. Teeth can become cracked or chipped for a number of reasons; sports injuries, accidents, teeth grinding or even biting into harder foods can cause teeth to crack or break. There are many ways to repair cracks or chips; your dentist will explain your options for restoring the function and appearance of your teeth.
If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible. This will help avoid further damage.
How can I tell if I have a cracked tooth?
Some injuries are immediately obvious, whilst some cracks may be barely visible. If you have a crack in your tooth, you’ll most likely experience discomfort when eating, as well as sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
A tooth can crack in a number of ways. It can be one straight crack, multiple smaller cracks across the surface of your tooth, or a crack that completely divides your tooth in two.
Treatment for cracked and chipped teeth
If left untreated, cracks and chips can lead to further problems. Depending on the severity of the damage to your teeth, your dentist will recommend one of the following:
- Fillings – Fillings fill the gaps caused by a crack. Your dentist can also smooth the edge of a chipped tooth with a tooth-coloured filling.
- Crowns – A crown is placed over the top of a chipped or cracked tooth.
- Veneers – Veneers can also be used to cover a cracked or chipped tooth, depending on how much of the tooth is still intact.
- Composite bonding – Composite bonding is a non-invasive way to restore teeth. Unlike crowns or veneers, composite bonding doesn’t require any of the healthy parts of the tooth to be removed during treatment.
- Porcelain Inlays – Porcelain inlays are a natural-looking type of restoration for a tooth that is too damaged to support a filling, but not so much that it requires a dental crown.
- Root-canal treatment – If the blood vessels and pulp inside the tooth have become damaged, you may need root canal treatment.
If you have a cracked or chipped tooth speak to your dentist about the different options available. This way we can restore the appearance of your teeth and protect them for the future.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, contact us.