Our teeth are one of the most useful parts of our body as well as our appearance. So much effort goes into keeping them white and shiny; but what if they suddenly start chipping away?
Chipped teeth are more common than you would imagine since the reasons behind them are varied. But in order to know the solution, we need to first dive into the problem itself.
Let’s Check Out Some of the Possible Causes of Chipped Front Teeth
Our teeth are covered with enamel, a strong substance that is twice as hard as our bones, making it the hardest thing in our body. This hardness is necessary because our teeth see some rough action on a daily basis.
However, every type of teeth has a specific purpose. The front teeth, for instance, are meant for biting into the food. When these slender and single-rooted teeth are subjected to grinding action or some other kind of high force, they, most probably, face a gradual breakdown.
There is more than one reason behind chipped teeth: some are obvious, others complex.
A sudden, strong force on the teeth can break away a part of it. This usually happens when a person meets with an accident and gets hit hard. Other times, application of sudden force, like a punch, can chip away part of the teeth.
Treatment: Repairing the broken teeth with a filling material is often the easiest and simplest solution in this case. Of course, it is necessary that the filling material has the same color as your original teeth. In case of more complex breakage, root canal surgery is often recommended. It must be remembered that the fillings are often not as strong as the original tooth, and might often come off (especially if you have a habit of grinding). If it happens repeatedly to you, you might want to go for more concrete solutions like full-coverage crown or veneers.
Like we mentioned, the front teeth are meant for biting, not grinding. Unnecessary and relentless grinding, also known as bruxism, can lead to chipping away of teeth. This is because normal grinding motion distributes the force (which is pretty high) across almost all the teeth in the mouth. However, grinding from the front teeth alone (or a habit of clenching teeth regularly) puts extra force on the teeth, which leads to chipping.
Treatment: The most effective and simplest solution to this problem is stopping the habit altogether. However, in case you are unable to do that, then discuss with your dentist and go for Botox. Botox can be used to relax the jaw muscles and reduce the habit of grinding to a great extent. However, if your teeth are already chipped, opt for the solutions mentioned above.
As we discussed, the grinding action of the teeth distributes the force equally inside the mouth. However, if some of your teeth are missing (either due to an accident or some blunt-force trauma), the same force is distributed among lesser teeth. It means that individual tooth faces more pressure, and teeth that are already weak may often get chipped away.
Treatment: The only solution to this issue is replacing the missing teeth with artificial ones. Since you are looking for matching the usual pressure distribution in the mouth, always go for materials that are as strong as your natural teeth, or more.
It might seem surprising since biting is the main purpose of teeth. However, in certain cases, like when your lower and upper set of teeth are not properly aligned, it might lead to the application of extra force each time you take a bite. The stronger teeth apply more force to the weaker ones, which leads to chipping of teeth.
Treatment: It is a complex issue since the misalignment often occurs on the entire. Your dentist might need to perform a full evaluation of your jaws to identify the spots that face high pressure. Accordingly, re-adjustments would be made so that either the jaw is completely re-aligned or the pressure on these spots is reduced. The complexity of this procedure often increases with the age of the problem.
Combination of the Reasons:
The causes we discussed are not isolated, but mutually inclusive more often than one. If more than one cause exists, it increases the chances of chipping your teeth exponentially.
What to Expect from the Treatment of Chipping Teeth?
Dentistry is not magic, and the results may often be different from what you were expecting. You might have expected a full makeover such that the problem might seem to have never existed. However, this is not how dentistry works.
Treating a tooth is a complex procedure, and the complexity often depends upon how old the problem is. For issues that have existed for decades, it is often very difficult to perform corrective measures because both the jaw and jaw muscles have accustomed themselves to the problem. In other cases, the treatment might not prove to be completely effective. For instance, the filling in the teeth might come off suddenly and often. The alignment of the teeth might not perfect. Countless things might go wrong, even after a dental treatment.
Thus, it is important that you and your dentist have an honest and detailed discussion of the problem. During the sessions before the treatment, share every little detail about the problem you are facing, even the details that might seem trivial (like sudden bursts of pain in the teeth). Likewise, ask the dentist all the doubts you have regarding the treatment, so that you have a clearer idea about the treatment and the results.
Even after the treatment, visit your dentist on a regular basis and share your progress and recovery. If any issue arises, how much ever trivial it is, make sure your dentist knows about it. Many people consider post-treatment visits to be useless and a way to extract more money from patients, but they couldn’t be more wrong. The doctor needs to keep a close eye on your recovery and look for any persistent small problems before they convert into big problems.
Remember, it is your teeth at the stake. How you deal with the situation will define how smile looks to the world.