Protect Your Smile!
We offer comprehensive restorative dental services to individuals who have experienced dental trauma. This includes chipped, cracked, broken, and knocked-out teeth. We know that a beautiful smile is important to your confidence and self-image. At Midpark Dental we protect your natural smile for years to come.
What can you do about a chipped tooth?
Having a chipped tooth can be quite a problem. It can prevent you from smiling, talking confidently, and eating comfortably. Fortunately, most cases of chipped teeth are not serious. However, if you have a larger chip on your tooth involving more tooth structures, you are at risk for infection and possibly losing your tooth.
The good news is, here at Midpark Dental Clinic, we have a comprehensive range of treatment options to save your tooth and revitalize your smile effectively. So, if you have a chipped tooth, no matter the size, visit us at our Calgary SE clinic as soon as possible, and we will do our best to make you smile again.
What Classifies as a Chipped Tooth?
Any tooth damage that results in tooth fragmentation and breakage is referred to as a chipped tooth. This damage can range from modest wear and tear to more extensive involvement of the tooth structure. Because of this, a chipped tooth may present varying symptoms depending on the severity of the case.
Some patients feel no pain, especially for a minor chip on the tooth involving only the tooth enamel. Meanwhile, some experience dental pain, swelling, and gum bleeding in more severe and traumatic cases.
Cracked Tooth Syndrome
A cracked tooth involves damage to the tooth without fragmentation. A crack line appears from one end of a tooth surface to another without breaking the tooth parts.
A cracked tooth is a bit trickier to treat than a chipped tooth. Some quick and easy chipped tooth repair options may work, especially for small cracks on the tooth. But for more significant surface involvement that involves the tooth root, your dentist will explore other options, including tooth splinting to save your tooth.
Causes of a Chipped Tooth
Some usual causes of a chipped or cracked tooth that we usually encounter at Midpark Dental Clinic in SE Calgary are:
- Weak tooth due to poor oral health causing cavities
- Biting on hard substances like ice or candy
- Misaligned bite
- Night-grinding (bruxism)
- Playing contact sports without a mouthguard
- Accidents, falls
Chipped or Cracked Tooth Repair Options
The treatment for a chipped tooth depends on the tooth structures involved. Your dentist can properly identify this using diagnostic tools such as X-rays. Then, they can provide a suitable treatment plan to restore the long-term aesthetics and function of your tooth.
To give you a general idea, here are the possible solutions your dentist can recommend according to the severity of your chipped tooth:
This type of chipped tooth involves a minimal area of the tooth enamel or surface
If you have a minor tooth chip on the edge of your tooth, you can choose to leave it as is. But if it bothers you, you can go to your chipped tooth dentist in Calgary for tooth reshaping. This involves the process of enameloplasty, where sharp tooth edges will be reshaped, and the tooth will be recontoured for a better smile.
Your dentist can also consider dental bonding for a small chip on the front tooth. First, the tooth-coloured composite resin is layered and moulded on the area. Then, this is hardened using a special curing light.
This type would have more of the tooth enamel involved, along with the tooth dentin. This is the layer of the tooth underneath the surface. Because of this, you may experience tooth sensitivity.
A dental veneer is made of ultra-thin composite or porcelain. This cosmetic dentistry treatment can mask dental imperfections such as discoloured, crooked, and even chipped or cracked front teeth. The result is a more appealing and harmonious smile.
For the back teeth, dental crowns are better recommended. This provides excellent durability and can withstand heavy biting and chewing forces without problems of early fracture. At Midpark Dental Clinic, we offer dental crowns in a metal-porcelain material for enhanced durability and aesthetics. And we also have all-ceramic crowns for superior aesthetics with outstanding long-term reliability.
A broken tooth that has reached up to the tooth’s innermost layer, the pulp. Immediate treatment is required to avoid the risk of infection and losing your tooth.
Root Canal Treatment and Dental Crown
With the pulp involved, root canal treatment is necessary. This involves medicating the tooth to remove and prevent bacteria. Once the tooth has healed, a dental crown is placed to reinforce its structure and appearance.
Aside from these solutions, a nightguard may also be recommended if you suffer from bruxism. Bruxism is the unconscious grinding or clenching of the teeth, perhaps due to stress or as a normal habit. A nightguard protects your teeth and surrounding structures, including the bone, from damage.
A nightguard also has the same function as a mouthguard. But a mouthguard is used chiefly during contact sports to prevent untoward incidents such as a chipped or knocked-out tooth.
A knocked-out tooth is entirely different from the previous dental concerns as this involves the complete removal of the tooth from its socket. Fortunately, your dentist can still save your tooth. If the tooth is reinserted in its socket and splinted within an hour of removal, there is a better chance that you can avoid losing it.
Discover Safe and Effective Dentistry in SE Calgary
Visit Midpark Dental Clinic for high-quality, efficient, and modern dental treatments. Our goal is always to preserve your tooth and to provide conservative solutions for your smile. Find out how we can save your chipped tooth by booking your appointment with us at (403) 201 7999.