Chipped teeth can occur due to excessive teeth grinding as well as injuries and accidents. The teeth that are avulsed due to trauma can also leave chipped teeth in the same vicinity. Chipped teeth are more common in young children as they push their gums as the teeth start to sprout.
HOW IS CHIPPED TOOTH DIAGNOSED?
Dentists diagnose broken tooth through physical examination. In case you have been in an accident or have a dental cavity that has caused chipping of tooth, the dentist may order for a dental X-ray to assess the extent of damage
HOW IS CHIPPED TOOTH TREATED?
The treatment for a chipped tooth depends largely on the extent of damage. The possible treatment options include use of dental veneers, dental crown or dental filling. If the damage is deeper down, a root canal treatment may become necessary. In the meanwhile, a pain reliever such as acetaminophen can be used along with a salt water mouth rinse to manage the pain.
DID YOU KNOW?
Teeth are usually strong, but a broken tooth is not uncommon. There is no way to treat chipped tooth at home.