Dental Tips Blog


Three Habits That are Bad for Your Teeth

If you brush daily and don’t eat too much sugar, that’s all your smile needs…right? Not necessarily. Here are 3 habits you might not have known could be bad for your teeth:

Chewing Ice 

Ice chewing might be linked to health issues like anemia, but that isn’t the only thing that should be at the back of your mind. It can also damage your teeth.  Not only can chewing ice cause a cracked or chipped tooth, but the cold temperature can cause dental problems too. If you have existing crowns or fillings, the cold temperatures can impact the rate of how they expand/contract compared to the enamel that they’re bonded to. Frequent ice chewing may break your restorations down quicker, resulting in the need for more dental work.

Clenching Your Teeth When You’re Stressed Out 

Your teeth take the brunt of your jaw muscles’ force when you’re focused on a problem at the office or during your long commute home. You might even be waking up in the morning with a migraine headache from all the tension. This can make your teeth start to chip away, break, or just look flat.

Make a conscious effort to relax your jaw so that your teeth are slightly apart, but your lips still together.. If the tension is happening still,  talk to your dentist about getting a splint made.

Adding Cream and Sweetener to Your Coffee

Coffee might stain your teeth, but the bigger problem is those other things that you’re putting inside of it. Sugar, artificial sweeteners, and creamer don’t just add calories to your diet…they increase the acid and bacterial levels on your teeth (which can increase how many cavities you get.)

Ask your dentist how he or she can help!

Posted on behalf of:
Short Pump Family Dentistry
201 Towne Center West Blvd
Suite 709
Richmond, VA 23233


Take Care of Your Bonded Tooth!

Posted in Bonding

Dental bonding is a fast, economical, and conservative way to give your smile an instant lift. Your dentist can fill a gap, repair a chipped tooth, or hide a deep stain in a front tooth by cementing a bit of restorative material to it.

Bonding works great as a cosmetic solution, but it’s not a strong restorative one. If you aren’t careful, you can easily damage your bonded tooth, weakening it even further.

What should you do to preserve this beautiful enhancement to your smile?

Practice Great Oral Hygiene

Excellent oral hygiene is not only good for your natural teeth, but it’s also the most effective way to preserve your dental restorations. Brush daily with a non-abrasive toothpaste, floss carefully around fillings placed between teeth, and use products that contain fluoride to strengthen the enamel of bonded teeth.

Avoid Foods That Stain

Dark-pigmented items like wine, soda, and curries can discolor the resin in bonding material. It kind of defeats the purpose if a pretty white cosmetic filling on a front tooth turns an ugly brown color.

Your Teeth Aren’t Tools!

Yes, your teeth are excellent tools for chewing food. That’s the kind of work they are suited for. But using your teeth to tear off tags or break into food wrappers is a sure way to jeopardize them or pop something off your tooth.

This is especially true for cosmetic or restorative dental bonding. A little too much pressure, and your bonded restoration can fracture right off, perhaps even taking a little more of your tooth along with it.

For more tips on making your bonding last for as long as possible, visit your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Royal Oak Family Dental
7101 NW 150th St. Suite 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
(405) 754-5941


Do You Need a Crown If You Chipped a Front Tooth?

Posted in Crowns

Front teeth can fracture quite easily. Sometimes, it’s blunt trauma to the face from a car accident or a football. In other cases, the enamel was already weak and a piece snapped off when someone went to bite into a burger.

However it happened to you, you’re now concerned with making it look like a whole tooth again before someone gives you an unpleasant nickname.

Your dentist will give you a few treatment options and help you decide on the one that will save your tooth for as long as possible.

Treatment Options For Chipped Teeth

Dental bonding and veneers are just as common as crowns for repairing nicks in the enamel. In fact, your dentist may feel that your case merits the most conservative option possible.

A very minor procedure with bonding (which usually doesn’t even require anesthesia) won’t take away much more tooth structure. Veneers are a little more invasive, but they provide more complete protection.

When To Get A Crown

A lot of structural loss in the tooth usually merits getting a full dental crown. Not only can it completely patch up your tooth, but it will protect it from decay and bite pressure.

How Bad Is It?

Whichever treatment you get will simply be determined by the extent of the fracture. If it was deep and involved the nerve chamber, you may even need a root canal.

But the next time a chipped-tooth emergency arises in your life, don’t panic! Call your local dentist who will see you as soon as possible. You won’t leave the office without something on your tooth!

Posted on behalf of:
Heritage Dental
23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 709-2429


Will a Filling Be Enough for My Chipped Tooth?

Posted in Crowns

If you’ve recently chipped your tooth, you probably want it fixed yesterday.

Not every dental problem can be fixed with a simple filling. What are your options?

Dental Bonding For A Cosmetic Fix

Are you worried about how a chipped front tooth looks? Dental bonding is your most helpful solution.

Bonding is when your dentist uses a little putty-like resin to reshape the missing part of your tooth. He or she chooses a color that matches your tooth, cures the material after shaping it, and polishes it for a seamless finish.

Cosmetically bonded teeth are not very strong, so this fix is best for front teeth that don’t experience a lot of chewing force.

Filling-Crown Hybrid For Strength

Onlays and inlays are considered “indirect fillings.”

That means they are created outside the mouth and then cemented into your tooth like a piece in a puzzle. They are sometimes called partial crowns for this reason, as well.

Although they don’t cover the entire tooth the way a crown does, indirect fillings will provide more support for teeth like molars that are missing a big chunk of their structure.

When Damage Runs Deep

Do you know how badly your tooth is fractured?

Even if it looks like only a small piece broke off, you should still get it x-rayed. An x-ray is the only way to see inside your tooth to find out whether the fracture is endangering the nerve chamber.

If the nerve, or pulp, of your tooth is compromised, your dentist may recommend a root canal and dental crown.

Clearly, a filling isn’t always the fix your tooth needs! For all of your dental restoration questions and concerns, contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900


Why You Need to Restore That Fractured Tooth

For many folks, a chipped tooth just doesn’t bother them enough to worry about repairing it. It’s not sensitive, it doesn’t hurt, and they eventually even forget that it’s there.

It might seem like a fractured tooth isn’t such a big deal if it’s not uncomfortable. However, even a seemingly harmless broken tooth shouldn’t be ignored.

Here’s why:

A Little Fracture Goes a Long Way

For one thing, it’s important to realize that a small break or crack is still a breach of a tooth’s natural defense system. Over time, that fracture will continue to enlarge with the pressure of biting down. Ladies, think of it like a run in a pair of stockings.

Damage to Other Structures

Although you may feel that a fractured tooth isn’t bothering you, it could be causing more problems than you realize. The rough edges on a broken tooth can cause some serious injuries and irritation to the soft tissue of structures such as lips and tongue.

How Are You Eating?

Is an uneven tooth causing a hiccup in the works? If you have a tooth that gets in the way of comfortable chewing, then it’s going to be more likely than other teeth to collect bacteria.

What You Can Do

It’s a good idea to talk with your dentist about the possibility of crowning your tooth. A dental crown reinforces a tooth that has lost most of its enamel support. The crown will help your tooth bear the pressure of chewing and protect it from further damage.

Call your dentist today to schedule an evaluation to see if a dental crown is necessary.

Posted on behalf of:
Nautical Dental
16414 San Pedro Ave #200
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 499-0009


I’ve Chipped My Front Tooth! What Should I Do?

Posted in Bonding

Front tooth injuries are very common. This is especially true for very active people like kids and athletes. But accidents can happen to anyone! It’s embarrassing to have a chipped tooth. What are your options for restoring it?

How Bad Is It?

See your dentist right away. If the fracture is deep enough, it could have damaged the sensitive nerve chamber within your tooth. In this case, you would definitely need a crown and even a root canal to save what is left of the tooth.

Your dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth to assess how far the damage has gone. He or she will also help you manage any accompanying discomfort. Next, you’ll discuss restorative options.


A dental veneer erases any shallow chips on the edge of a front tooth. Veneers are typically thin porcelain shells that fit over the entire front surface of the tooth. If the chip isn’t too big, a veneer can make your tooth look normal again. However, it doesn’t provide much structural support.


As mentioned earlier, a crown may be necessary in serious cases. A full crown will help give your tooth a uniform appearance and is the best choice for restoring strength to your bite.


Dental bonding is the most common method of touching up a chipped tooth. First, the dentist applies a special filling material to the edge of the fracture to even it out. The material is light-cured and then polished. Bonding won’t give your tooth the strength that a crown will because it’s just a patch-up, but it’s quicker and less invasive than a veneer.

The next time you experience a chipped-tooth emergency, contact your dentist immediately!

Posted on behalf of:
Brentwood Dental Group
2440 S Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 962-6643



How Your Dentist Can Make a Chipped Tooth Look Whole Again

Posted in Crowns

Chipped teeth can hurt, feel sharp against your lips or cheeks, and change the entire appearance of your smile. Thankfully, there are several ways that your dentist can help repair the tooth so that it no longer appears to be broken when you talk or smile.


For smaller chips and broken edges, composite bonding is one of the fastest ways to address the concern. Bonding uses tooth-colored filing material to rebuild the shape of the tooth. Some areas of the teeth are easier to bond than others; be sure to have your dentist assess your bite to see if it’s an option. 


Porcelain veneers cover the front of the teeth, hiding any aesthetic concerns. They are used on teeth that are broken, chipped, or even severely discolored. Since veneers do not necessarily provide comprehensive coverage to broken teeth, they can only be used on certain types of fractures. 


Full coverage crowns are made of porcelain and cover the entire surface of a tooth above the gumlines. They are used when teeth have been badly damaged or severely fractured. Placing the crown on the tooth not only restores aesthetics, it also returns full function to the tooth. 

If you’ve experienced an accident that left your tooth broken, you may have more options than you realized! Sometimes even the broken part of the tooth can be bonded back into place, or the tooth gently smoothed out without any treatment at all. Talk to your dentist about a way to aesthetically improve your smile while also strengthening your tooth at the same time.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725


What to Do When You Chip a Tooth

Chipping a tooth can be scary, bothersome, and even painful. What if the chip is very small? Is it something you should worry about, even if it doesn’t hurt? A lot of people experience very minor chips from accidents around the house or from biting down on something accidentally. Knowing what to do next is important and can protect your smile.

If chips are small, you can have your dentist smooth them out. Small chips may only be 1-1.5mm, but to your tongue they will feel 5 times the size. The sharpness can bother your lips and cheeks, even cutting them at times. Smoothing out these extremely small chips is relatively simple and takes only a few minutes. In most cases your dentist does not even need to use anesthesia!

Moderate chips in the teeth may require a small tooth-colored restoration to restore the appearance of the tooth. Depending on where the chip occurred, some areas are easier to repair than others.

When teeth chip large enough that you can recover the portion of tooth that has broken off, bring it to your dentist. To keep it hydrated, place it in a small amount of saline solution or milk. Your dentist may be able to bond the enamel back into place. If damage is too severe, you may need a larger restoration placed over the tooth to protect it from infection.

When in doubt, always call your dentist. That’s what they are there for! If your injury causes any tooth discoloration, swelling, or lip lacerations you can call your dentist instead of going to the emergency room.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224


What are my Options if I Chipped My Tooth Playing Basketball?

Posted in Bonding

As more and more people engage in physical activity in their efforts to get in shape, it should be no surprise that dentists continue to see an increase in dental problems related to sports and other fitness activities.  One of the more common dental related sports injuries is a chipped or broken tooth.  Dentists see these injuries almost daily in athletes of all ages and shapes.  In majority of cases, the dentist will treat the chipped or broken tooth using a esthetic bonding, dental veneers or a crown.  The exact treatment will vary from patient to patient depending on the size and location of the chip.

On smaller chips, the dentist will use dental bonding to make the necessary repairs.  The dentist will use the material used in bonded fillings to build up and shape the broken off part of the tooth.  Done properly, the repair will last for years and will not be noticeable.  There have been cases where the entire side of a broken molar down to the gum line have been repaired using this technique with the repair still performing 15 years later without issue.

In many cases if the chip is too large for bonding, a porcelain veneer is used and provides excellent long-term results.  In some cases the damage to the tooth may be so severe that the dentist will recommend that a porcelain crown be fabricated and installed.  This usually happens when a large percentage of the tooth is broken.  One thing to keep in mind when playing any sort of contact sport is to use a athletic mouth guard to reduce the risk of tooth damage.  However, if a tooth does get chipped or broken, there are a number of repair options available.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry



Repairing Broken or Chipped Teeth

At some point in most people’s lives, they will experience a chipped or broken tooth.  Advancements in cosmetic dentistry have given dentists many options to repair the tooth so that it is both functional and attractive in appearance.  These options include bonding, crowns and veneers.  The option selected by your Marietta dentist will depend on the where and how badly the tooth is chipped or broken.

In bonding, your cosmetic dentist will use a tooth colored composite resin to replace the area of the tooth that is damaged.  Once the area is prepped, the composite resin is placed on the tooth and then shaped to mimic the area that was damaged.  Once the shape is correct and the color is matched, an ultraviolet light is applied to the area to harden the composite resin.  The results are usually excellent with the repairs still holding up after 10 years in some patients!

When a crown is necessary, your dentist will need to grind down the tooth and make an impression of the mouth.  A dental lab will then create a new tooth or “cap” using a variety of materials including metal, resin and ceramic.  The crown is then glued to the remaining part of the tooth that has been ground down.   Typically most crowns last 15 years, but many are still performing well 20 + years later.

In some cases veneers can be used to conceal small chips in front teeth.  Your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth and make an impression of the tooth.  A dental lab will then use the impression to create a thin veneer, which is then further fitted to the tooth by your dentist.  Once installed, the veneer will provide years of service to the patient.

A dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry will recommend the best option to repair broken or missing teeth based on their experience as well as the patient’s needs.  Broken or chipped teeth are easily corrected in an economical manner, using bonding, crowns or veneers!

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