I Have a Chip in My Front Tooth. What Are My Options to Fix It?
Did you know that dental enamel is the hardest substance in the human body? If you consider the wear and tear your teeth withstand on a daily basis without becoming damaged, this fact makes sense.
But the reality is that sometimes teeth do get chipped or broken and not only detract from your smile, but also cause a jagged edge that can irritate your tongue and cheek tissue. When this happens, we need a solution like durable tooth-colored fillings in Kingsport, TN to restore the health, function, and appearance of a tooth.
Reasons Why Teeth Chip
Several situations can occur that would cause a tooth to chip or break:
- Biting down on something hard like candy or nuts
- Playing contact sports without a mouth guard
- Falls or automobile accidents
- Teeth grinding during sleep also called bruxism
Except for an accident, you can avoid all these situations by taking precautionary measures: Stop chewing ice and hard candy, ask your dentist about a custom mouth guard for sports and a nightguard to prevent damage to your teeth from grinding while you sleep.
Tooth-Colored Fillings to the Rescue
Chipped or broken teeth need to be addressed as quickly as possible to avoid further damage and to restore your beautiful smile. Tooth-colored fillings are a type of dental restoration that your dentist uses to build up chipped or broken teeth without costly cosmetic treatments.
Tooth-colored fillings are also called dental composites or composite fillings because they are a mixture of plastic and glass resin. Since the material looks so natural, we use it for a process called cosmetic dental bonding where your dentist shades and shapes it to blend seamlessly with existing tooth structure. Repairs made with composite fillings are also highly durable and can last as long as five to ten years with proper oral care.
Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Right for You?
Tooth-colored fillings in Kingsport, TN are an excellent aesthetic option to fix chips or breaks. But at Hagan Dentistry, we also offer porcelain veneers and dental crowns that might be a better option for you. Learn which is right for you by arranging a consultation with Dr. Andrew Hagan to discuss your needs.