Understanding Your Options for Treating and Repairing a Chipped Tooth

In many cases, a chipped tooth doesn’t cause pain. This makes many people with a chipped tooth ignore the problem. Unfortunately, the chipped tooth enamel offers the ideal area for the bacteria in your mouth to exploit it and harbor tooth decay.

For this reason alone, you should never ignore a chipped tooth. It’s always a good idea to have our [practice_name] team examine the chipped tooth so we can determine the best way to repair it.

The chip in the enamel could very easily develop into a cavity. Sometimes, the chip can be repaired with a simple filling. A significant chip might need to be restored with a dental crown. If you have multiple teeth in your smile with minor chips, you might be interested in having your dentist, Dr. [doctor_name], restore your smile with custom dental veneers.

If the chipped tooth includes significant pain or sensitivity, there might be a more serious problem. These symptoms often mean that the damage caused by the chip has penetrated into the internal structures of the tooth. In a situation like this, our [practice_name] team might need to perform a root canal to repair the tooth.

If you have one or more chipped teeth in [city], [state], that you would like to have addressed, you should call [practice_name] at [phone] to schedule an appointment.

Using a Custom Night Guard to Treat Teeth Grinding

If you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis, it can pose several different threats to your mouth. The tension on your jaw can cause alignment issues and increases your chances of developing TMJ disorder. Additionally, the force of grinding your teeth can cause chips and fractures on your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay issues as well as other complications.

If you grind your teeth at night you might want to try wearing a night guard when you sleep to help prevent further problems. Many people complain that the night guards available in stores can be uncomfortable and lead to excess saliva production. This can actually cause new issues with sleep quality and sometimes drives people to stop wearing the night guard.

Fortunately, Dr. [doctor_name] can fit you for a custom night guard that conforms to the natural shape of your teeth and jaw for maximum comfort and protection. The soft plastic material shields and protects your teeth while reducing the friction between biting surfaces to help relax muscle tension in the jaw.

If you grind your teeth on a regular basis, you should call Dr. [doctor_name] at [phone] to discuss your prevention and treatment options.