Are your front teeth worn or chipped? While these small areas might not seem like much, to most of us they are very noticeable. Depending on what is causing them, they can become worse over time and greatly impact the way your smile looks. Even if they are completely harmless, chipped edges of your enamel can make your teeth look much older than they actually are. What can you do about it?
The first step in correcting your problem is to find out the cause. Are you clenching your teeth during the day or grinding them together at night? Stress is often a key factor. Or perhaps you’ve had old restorations that simply won’t last much longer. Your dentist can get you back on track to prevent the problem from becoming worse.
Restoring the damage will depend on how large the chip is and what part of your tooth it is on. Some people can have the area bonded with a small tooth colored filling. Unfortunately the edges of the teeth are not always a good place for this because the bonding can pop off during meals, depending on the tooth. Other options also include placing a veneer over the front of the tooth or even covering the damaged tooth with a crown.
If the chip is extremely small, it may be possible to have your dentist simply smooth it out without the need for any type of restoration.
Tooth enamel is strong, but once it begins to wear down or break, it quickly becomes more susceptible to future damage. Tackling these concerns as early as possible will keep your teeth stronger and more beautiful for the life of your smile.
Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
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