If you’ve ever experienced a chipped tooth, you know how uncomfortable and unattractive it can look. Not only that but having an untreated chipped tooth can lead to other oral health problems.
So, the importance of taking care of a chipped tooth as soon as possible is monumental. That’s why we’re going to cover all your options for doing so.
Why Are My Teeth Chipping?
If you didn’t chip your tooth the obvious way — knocking the tooth against something hard — there may be an underlying reason, or “risk factors.” Usually, it’s something that’s not so obvious.
One reason that can lead to teeth chipping is nighttime grinding, also called bruxism. One in three people that suffer from this, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. So, it’s not a rare condition.
Grinding and clenching slowly wears down the teeth, especially along the surfaces most involved in chewing. It weakens the enamel, which makes it more susceptible to chipping. The American Dental Association (ADA) actually lists it as a symptom of grinding your teeth.
Another reason your teeth may be chipping could be poor nutrition. The foods you do — and don’t — eat greatly affect the strength of your teeth. For example, eating foods with a lot of sugars, starches, and acid can erode the enamel in your teeth and make them weaker.
You may also have a bad bite, meaning it’s imbalanced and some of your teeth take the brunt of each bite rather than being properly distributed across all the teeth. If this is the case, you will probably be able to see that your teeth are crooked. Although it’s possible to have straight-looking teeth but still have an uneven bite.
What Causes Teeth to Break?
When you break a tooth, you may not realize it at first. Sometimes, the pain may not be immediate you might just notice it visually or your mouth feels differently than it did before.
And there are several acute reasons for broken teeth:
- Eating hard candy or food
- Trauma to the face from an accident
- Damage from playing sports
- Moderate pressure to teeth with untreated cavities
- A tongue or lip piercing as it can bump against your teeth and wear them down
- Using your teeth as tools (biting open a bag, opening a can, pulling apart things, etc.)
Chipped or broken teeth can happen if you grind your teeth at night, have poor nutrition, or you have a crooked bite. It can also happen when you eat hard foods or have some sort of trauma or injury to your face.
Chipped Tooth Problems
Complications of an untreated chipped tooth can include:
- Extreme pain (usually when eating or drinking)
- Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods or drinks
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Swollen glands in your neck and/or jaw
As you can see, not taking care of a chipped tooth can make your day-to-day life miserable.
In addition to having a visible chip in your tooth, you may experience pain and a sharp edge to the tooth.
Do Chipped Teeth Grow Back?
Unfortunately, chipped and cracked teeth do not grow back. Once a piece of a tooth has come off, it will not regrow, no matter what you do.
That’s why it’s so important to take as many preventative steps as possible.
How to Get Rid of Chipped Teeth?
So now you may be asking, “What can I do about a chipped tooth? Can I get it fixed?”
The short answer is yes, but let’s look at the more detailed answer so you get the full picture. Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth at 817-361-1999 if you or one of your family members is interested in learning more about treatment. Let Mira Vista Smiles help you today!