Can A Chipped Tooth Be Fixed?

Can A Chipped Tooth Be Fixed?

Chipping your tooth could happen at any time. You could be enjoying your Nando’s chicken a little too much one night and in a moment of primal hunger you accidentally bite off more than you can chew.

You’ve bitten the fork so hard that it’s chipped your front tooth.

Maybe it was just a casual pick-up game of basketball with a couple of friends over the weekend and as you slowly fell face first towards the ground, you knew this wasn’t going to be good.

 

So, you’ve just chipped your tooth, what now?

Unfortunately, if you’re wondering if chipped teeth grow back or if a chipped tooth can repair itself, the answer is no.

Sadly, teeth aren’t a form of living tissue so it can’t naturally regenerate, however, there are plenty of dental treatments and products available to remedy the issue.

Whether you’ve just chipped your tooth in a sporting accident or while you were eating something hard, the friendly team at Alpha Dental Perth provide affordable general, cosmetic and emergency dental treatments.

These treatments can include:

1. Bonding

Composite bonding is a tooth-coloured resin that is used to fill in cracks or gaps and is one of the easiest and most affordable solutions to fixing cracked or chipped teeth.

2. Veneers

Dental veneers provide a natural-looking solution when repairing tooth cracks and chips and is usually used for the front and most visible teeth. A thin layer is applied over the front of the tooth and can be made from tooth-coloured composite resin or porcelain.

3. Dental crowns

Also known as ‘caps’, provide a full-coverage solution for restoring chipped or broken teeth. Crowns can be made to mimic the exact colouration and shape of other teeth so that it blends naturally with your smile.

4. Root canal therapy

Root canal treatment depends on the severity of the chip and whether or not there is an infection. Root canal therapy involves cleaning out the infected pulp and then resealing the canal and is used as a last resort to save the tooth.

 

What happens if you leave a chipped tooth unattended?

Depending on the severity of the chip, your tooth is susceptible to an infection that could worsen over time and result in more extensive and costly dental treatments.

We recommend seeking medical attention immediately to help reduce the pain and ensure the chip does not lead to additional issues.

 

How to protect a chipped tooth?

There are several ways you can care for your chipped tooth after you’ve booked an appointment with your dentist.

  • Avoid chewing on the side with a chipped tooth
  • Avoid extreme temperature food
  • Avoid hard foods
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt-water to remove any bacteria

 

How much does chipped tooth repair cost?

The cost of your chipped tooth treatment will solely depend on the severity of the chip and which dental procedure that is required to repair the chip.

 

Book in your appointment with Alpha Dental for a personalised consultation to discuss what chipped tooth treatment is best suited for your individual situation.

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