Some teeth end up chipping after a time. If you have a chipped tooth, you may wonder how your tooth weakened enough to chip. The following information will give you some insight into avoiding this type of dental problem.
Defining Chips and Cracks
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, you may not feel any dental pain. This is because the chip or crack is not big enough to expose the nerves. If the chip or crack exposes the nerves inside your tooth, you will usually notice increased pain or sensitivity when you eat or drink a cold or hot beverage. You may have a chip on one of the back teeth on the chewing service. If so, this type of chip is called a broken cusp. Usually, the tooth must be restored with an onlay or dental crown to prevent further damage or decay.
When a tooth becomes cracked, it may only affect the enamel or may extend down the tooth to the root. You may only notice pain when chewing or when you eat a very hot or cold food or drink. Causes of chips and cracks come from cavities, a poor dental bite, or trauma to the mouth or face. Poor dental hygiene also leaves the teeth vulnerable to chips or cracks. That is why it is important to maintain a regular daily schedule of brushing and flossing. Good dental care at home and seeing us regularly will prevent problems with cracks or chipping.
Again, if your tooth has a chip or you notice it is cracked, don't delay dental treatment. You will further weaken the tooth if the damage is not repaired. We can restore your tooth, so you experience less sensitivity and avoid future dental problems. Give us a call and set up an appointment today for a cleaning and exam.