With May coming to a close, summer has arrived. For many in Anchorage, that means the great outdoors. Some of the most beautiful landscapes can be found just a short drive from the city. Plenty of space for hiking, backpacking, biking, rafting, and good ol’ fashioned glamping for the faint of heart. If you’ve got plans to conquer a few trails this season, you’ll want to be ready for anything. Besides not forgetting your toothbrush, knowing what to do in case of oral disasters is important.
What Causes Teeth to Chip?
Teeth can chip as a result of an accident or fall. Hit the ground with enough force and even the healthiest teeth will crack. The same goes with certain foods such as unpopped popcorn kernels or even extra crispy potato chips. If you bite down at the right angle, then it’s possible that a chipped tooth is nothing more than bad luck. However, more often than not it’s a symptom of poor dental health.
TMJ can subject your teeth to excessive force, which can lead to excessive wear and can make your teeth more likely to chip.
Tooth decay in the form of advanced cavities can severely weaken the structure of a tooth, causing it to chip or crack much more easily, which is why dentist employ fillings when they come across a cavity. Chances are good that if a tooth has become chipped as the result of tooth decay, other teeth are affected as well.
What Should I Do if My Tooth Chips?
The first step when you realize your tooth has become chipped is to determine the damage that has been inflicted. Some chips will hurt, some will be painless, and others may even bleed. After assessing the damage, determining whether the pain is bearable is the next step. If the pain is 9 out of ten, you might need to visit an emergency dentist. If not, scheduling a dental appointment as soon as possible is sufficient. To stop bleeding, simple apply gauze to the the affected area and keep it there until the bleeding has stopped.
Because most chipped teeth are caused by tooth decay, the most important next step is seeing a dentist. After a thorough check-up, your dentist will be able to determine in the tooth needs to be extracted, if a root canal is needed, or if any other tooth might have a cavity that needs to be filled.
How to Restore a Chipped Tooth
Even if a chipped tooth isn’t painful, it may be unsightly, negatively affecting the appearance of your smile. For those who don’t want a chipped tooth to hold them back, restorative dentistry is an excellent solution.
Restorative dentistry is a collection of treatments focused on fixing imperfections in your smile. Procedures such as dental bonding use liquid composite resin custom matched to the shade of your teeth, and hardened into place. If a chip is more serious, porcelain veneers may be another option.
If you’ve recently chipped a tooth in Anchorage, please call (907) 349-0022 or contact us today for an appointment at Excellence in Dentistry.