Preventative dental advice for our Wickford and Rayleigh patients.
Chipping a tooth is not uncommon, and, in itself, usually not a serious problem. Even though it may not cause pain or discomfort, if left untreated, a chipped tooth can lead to problems such as decay, or even a root canal infection. We will look at how we treat a chipped tooth later on in this blog, but, in the meantime, here are seven common ways that teeth become chipped.
Amazingly, given the fact that most people now buy nuts in packets, quite a few people do try to open nutshells with their teeth. It goes without saying that, if you do this often enough, you will almost inevitably eventually chip, or even break a tooth. With Christmas in the not too distant future, now might be the time to invest in a pair of nutcrackers to save yourself an Xmas dental visit to the Cygnet Dental Practice!
Oral piercings, especially of the tongue, greatly increase the chances of chipping a tooth as it comes into regular contact with the teeth. Even lip piercings make a chipped tooth more likely.
Playing a contact sport without mouth protection is likely to result in a mouth injury at some stage. If you are lucky, you may simply chip a tooth. Equally likely though is a more serious break or loss of the tooth altogether. So please make sure to wear an effective mouth guard.
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a habit that is hard to control as it often happens whilst we sleep. It is generally thought that this is related to stress, so any steps that you can take to reduce stress should help to at least ease this problem. Medical assistance should be sought where appropriate.
Even healthy foods can cause problems. It is not unusual for small stones which escape the sieving process, to find their way into stoneground bread or muesli. An accidental bite on one of these is likely to result in the tooth being chipped.
If you are ever tempted to open a bottle with your teeth, then don’t! As well as the obvious chipped or broken tooth, you could also suffer serious mouth lacerations.
Posh, or ‘adult’ popcorn is increasingly seen as being the cause of many chipped teeth across the UK. Small pieces of the shell may also become trapped beneath the gum line, causing discomfort and inflammation.
Treatment of a chipped tooth
If you do chip a tooth, however small, make sure to arrange to see our Wickford dentists as soon as you can. Any damage to the enamel increases the risk of decay or infection and if not treated quickly, you may regret this in time to come. How we treat the damage will depend on the severity; dental bonding or a small filling may be sufficient in minor cases, whilst dental crowns or veneers are an option where more significant damage has been done.
In case of a chipped tooth, or for any other dental emergency, please call the Cygnet Dental Practice on 01268 733078.