chipped toothA chipped or broken tooth is one of the most common types of dental injuries.

Although some people won’t realise straight away that the chip or break has happened, most people will feel pain at the time and have difficulty eating. The closer the chip or break is to the tooth nerve, the sharper the pain will be.

Causes

The most common cause of a chipped tooth is an accident or sports injury that involves an impact to the face. Playgrounds and swimming pools can be big culprits of chipped teeth in kids! Occasionally eating a particularly hard food like ice, nuts or hard lollies can cause a break. Habitually grinding your teeth (bruxism) wears your teeth down and makes them more susceptible to breaking, as does tooth decay. And even healthy teeth will suffer from general wear and tear once you are aged 50 and over, increasing their vulnerability to chips or breakages.

Treatments For A Chipped Tooth

As soon as you realise you have a chipped or broken tooth you should book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. If there is substantial pain and/or bleeding you may require an emergency dental appointment. Even if the chip is minor it’s important to repair it, as it can weaken your tooth and make it more susceptible to future cracks.

Minor chips can be successfully treated in a variety of ways:

  • Fillings
  • Bonding, using a tooth-coloured composite resin for chips to a front tooth
  • Dental crowns for large chips, broken teeth or those with substantial decay
  • Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the whole of the front tooth and effectively hides chips or breaks in front teeth

Please contact us if you have broken or chipped a tooth – we can conduct an assessment and recommend specific treatment options.