Tooth enamel may be the hardest tissue in the body, but it, too, is vulnerable to extreme pressure. If your teeth are hit hard, or if you bite them on particularly hard food, they can break or chip. That’s not something anyone would want to experience. Broken or chipped teeth can affect your oral digestive functions, as well as your appearance.
When a tooth is chipped, its inner sensitive layers could get exposed. These layers contain the nerves, which are responsible for teeth’s sensation. They are highly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, as well as to pressure, and exposure to these elements can cause excruciating pain that may require emergency treatment by a Newmarket dental professional.
A broken tooth is something that has to be dealt with immediately. About.com contributor Shawn Watson gives some pointers on what to do when your tooth breaks or chips.
One of the first things that need to be done is to find the part of the tooth that has broken off, and bring it with you to the dentist for possible restoration. If the dentist cannot put the chipped portion back in place, he can use it to determine the extent of the damage, in order to come up with a proper treatment plan.
Treatment for a chipped or broken tooth will be determined by the severity of the condition. Your dentist will measure the size of the chip to see if simple bonding would make for a lasting fix.
In case the impact also caused trauma, root canal treatment may need to be done first before any restoration. Also, if the remaining portion of the chipped tooth is too small for bonding, the installation of a crown or inlay might be necessary.
A dental crown is a cap installed over a broken or damaged tooth to restore its size, appearance, and function; and is one of the solutions offered by Newmarket cosmetic dentistry practices. It comes in a variety of materials, including porcelain, resin, ceramic, and metal. Porcelain, however, mimics teeth enamel the closest, and is, therefore, the material often used in dental crowns.
Restoring a chipped tooth should be done right away to prevent the damage from worsening and eventually affecting the gum tissues. A skilled dentist who also provides emergency dental care, Dr Zofia Wojt, Dentist, can help save broken or chipped teeth, and relieve you of unbearable pain.
(Source: What You Need to Know When You Have a Broken or Cracked Tooth, About.com)