Chipped or Cracked Teeth
What is a chipped or cracked tooth?
A chipped or cracked tooth is the term used to describe damage to one of your teeth that results in the tooth fracturing, or partially breaking off. A chipped tooth not only causes cosmetic concerns, but can also result in complications if left untreated. At Concerned Dental, we offer a number of cosmetic dental procedures to address a chipped or cracked tooth, restoring the structure, look, and feel of the damaged tooth. Our dental facility in New York City houses oral surgeons, general dentists, orthodontists, and other dental professionals, so no matter how mild or severe your damaged tooth may be, we can offer you the care you need, all from one convenient location.
What causes a chipped or cracked tooth?
Your teeth are very strong and meant to withstand some pressure, like your regular chewing or biting; however, certain things can cause the tooth to break or chip. These include:
- Falling down onto the tooth
- Being hit in the tooth
- Tooth weakening due to decay/cavities
- Having certain types of fillings that don’t support the tooth properly
- Biting down on a hard candy or other hard objects
How is a chipped or cracked tooth diagnosed?
If you notice that your tooth has chipped or cracked, visit Concerned Dental as soon as you can. Surprisingly, chipping a tooth sometimes happens without you even realizing it. You may not even notice if you don’t experience any pain. If this is the case, one of our dentists will notice the damage during your next routine dental check-up. Part of your regular evaluation is thoroughly inspecting the health of each tooth, making sure that there are no damages, decay, or chips to any of your teeth. If damage is found, your dentist will inform you and provide you with your treatment options.
How is a chipped or cracked tooth treated?
A chipped or cracked tooth might be treated in any of the following ways by one of our providers at Concerned Dental:
- Light polishing if the crack is very minor
- Tooth fillings
- Inlays or onlays
- Dental crowns
- Root canals
- Tooth extractions