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Fix Chipped Tooth
Paper slips through my teeth. Bite force diminished from before I got tooth bonding to fix chipped tooth. What can I do?
Bonding: Placing bonding on a chipped tooth is meant to rebuild lost tooth structure with resin filling and look like other teeth. If bonding too short, it can be added to lengthen to original bite or replaced. If bonding too high and gets in the way of bite, it can be adjusted to fit the bite. If filling too large or chip too big and tooth weak then you may need a crown. Go back to dentist with concerns. ...Read more
The answer depends upon how much tooth is chipped and where it is located.. If it's a front tooth and the chip is small a tooth colored material can be bonded to restore it. If it is more substantial then a veneer or crown may be necessary.
If it's a back tooth, and it is only a small chip, then a bonded tooth colored filling may suffice. If it is larger, then a bonded onlay or crown may be needed. ...Read more
Yes: Yes but it depends on his age. If loss is immenent with or without repair then you may let nature take its course. Teeth have several functions beyond chewing: speach, communication: verbal and nonverbal, self esteem and aesthetics. Detrimental tongue and lip habits can develop with tooth loss. ...Read more
Not at all: Thanks to the wonderful anesthetics available today, the reparative work should be painless. Know that the longer you put off treatment, the more difficult (expensive) treatment will be. Make an appointment now, you'll be glad you did. ...Read more
Poorly: A filling by definition is a "contained" material. It fills a hole. Replacing enamel on chipped edges places bonded composite at risk of separation when brought into function. Biting a sandwich likely will break it off. Bonding composite is a temporary solution. Longevity is important. Small chips respond best to tooth contouring. Large chips to veneering with porcelain. Crown fractures. ...Read more
See your dentist :): Have your dentist look at it and give you options. It could require a lot of work, nothing or anywhere in between. The answer should be simple once you get a professional eval. Good luck! ...Read more
See a dentist for...: Schedule a visit with a dentist to evaluate the tooth and discuss your treatment options. If the tooth chipped other than by an accident or trauma, there is probably an underlying cause, such as decay. Your options would generally be tooth colored composite fillings\porcelain veneer\crown for a front tooth and amalgam fillings\composite fillings\or a ceramic onlay\crown on back teeth. ...Read more
Big fear only!: One of the biggest fears patients have is if they loose a filling or a piece of tooth is: will the rest of the tooth come out. The answer is 98% of the time no! However, the remaining exposed piece of tooth may be sharp edged, allow food to impact, be sensitive to cold and be a deep area in the tooth for decay to quickly assault the nerve. See a dentist before future problems occur. ...Read more
No, but: Find out if that would be the best option. Whether to smooth off a small chip or sharp edge vs. Replace it with tooth colored composite or other restoration depends upon many factors that need to be evaluated by your dentist and then discussed with you. ...Read more
Depends: If it is a baby tooth and it is just a simple chip it likely will be left alone, if it is a permanent tooth then it will likely need to be fixed. If the tooth chipped because it was hit hart it would be good to have it checked out because you need to know if the tooth is fractured or has other probs. See your dentist if concerned. ...Read more
A lot of patients have chipped teeth and choose to not do anything, but I always tell them that a small chip turns into a bigger chip and can lead to a fracture.
Be cautious on biting into things.
Jeff. ...Read more
It should: But if sensitivity does not abate call your Dentist. ...Read more
Visit a dentist ASAP: For evaluation, x-rays and treatment options.Get a more detailed answer ›
Chipped front tooth: It is hard to answer your question without seeing your tooth and how much is broken off. A small symptom free chip can usually be restored during a single dental appointment. A large fracture may need more than just a filling, perhaps a crown or veneer, or root canal and these will take more appointments. Start by seeing a dentist ASAP for evaluation. ...Read more
Little or much: A small chip may be unsightly but not a functional problem. If the edge is sharp, your Dentist can smooth it for you. A larger chip can alter function, become easily discolored, or make tooth more likely to decay. The trauma that caused the chip can damage the tooth's nerve. Best advice is have chip evaluated by your Dentist. ...Read more
Hard to say: It all depends on how deep the chip is, and is dentin exposed. Dentin is the layer of the tooth under the enamel. Dentin has direct connections with the "nerve" of the tooth. If left open to the mouth for long periods of time, bacteria can migrate from the mouth into the nerve of the tooth and kill it, thereby requiring a root canal. It's best to get this fixed asap. ...Read more
Take her to dentist:
A chip may be minimal and require a simple polishing type of adjustment.
A chip may involve a deep crack and require restoration - either a filling or a crown (cap) depending on various factors.
She needs to see a dentist who will evaluate the chip and explain the best treatment options. ...Read more
See dentist: See your dentist. They will examine this and recommend the best treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
Possibly.: Chipped front teeth are notorious for needing 'redo' every couple of years. Talk to your dentist of any other alternatives. ...Read more
I have a chipped tooth and haven't gotten it fixed yet. Should my tooth still hurt after all this time?
I have never seen a tooth getting better by itself, in general it is the opposite, they always get worse. Your tooth is telling you that the chip is getting somehow bigger or closer too the nerve or the nerve is not happy about all the cold or hot stuff.
Don't wait any longer get it fixed. ...Read more
Many options!: It depends on the size and depth of the "chip". A very small chip can sometimes just be smoothed out. Larger chips may require a filling, onlay, or possibly even a crown. These options also are dependent where on the tooth it has chipped and the amount of stress. My suggestion is seeing your dentist and discussing the options. ...Read more
What's the cause?: Common in some, rare in others. It may have occurred due to cavities, misaligned teeth, parafunctional habits such as bruxism or clenching, or eating something really hard. Have your own dentist examine you and you'll get a better answer in regards to your own teeth and situation. ...Read more
Chipped Tooth: Good news is they would not have been able to put that chip back on your tooth if you had not swallowed it. You need to see your dentist right away before it gets worse. Depending on the size of the chip and where it is in your mouth will determine if your dentist can do a bonding or a crown. ...Read more