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
Over time many people develop worn teeth or chips due to accident, injury, abnormal wear, or even age. In some cases these tooth discrepancies can be very large and cause not only aesthetic concerns, but sensitivity as well.
Dental bonding allows your dentist to help correct these shape discrepancies and is a very simple procedure. Using tooth colored composite material, the bonding is placed in the area of discrepancy and is shaped to reflect the natural shape of the tooth. Bonding material is carefully shaded to match the surrounding tooth surface, creating a tooth that appears to be completely natural.
Bonding can also be used to cover areas of exposed root surfaces that are sensitive. Root exposure is due to gum recession of excessive tooth brushing, and typically causes severe sensitivity. Bonding is used over minor areas of root exposure in lieu of gingival grafting, protecting the delicate root surface from outside stimulants and thus preventing sensitivity.
One of the most common areas that bonding is used is on the upper front teeth, which are often chipped or broken during childhood injuries. Because bonding is less invasive than crowns, it is often used as the first attempt to correct these types of areas. However, front teeth are often used for biting into foods, so bonding may sometimes have trouble adhering to certain teeth, depending on the location and severity of the fractures.
Small spaces between the teeth can be closed in using bonding, creating wider teeth without areas between them. For minor discrepancies, bonding is a great option where veneers, crowns or braces are not the primary treatment choice.
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