Cosmetic Dentistry in Walnut Creek CA Encourages Patients to Address Dental Damage
We’re all aware that accidents can happen, especially to your teeth. It can happen out of nowhere! You can be crunching on a piece of ice or hard candy and all of a sudden, you can crack or chip a tooth before you know it. As strong as your teeth are, they’re not invincible and need to be taken care of. Below, your cosmetic dentistry in Walnut Creek CA shares how your teeth can chip or break and what’s the next best step.
The enamel is the surface of your teeth that covers the dentin and nerves that are in the center of each tooth. While it may be the hardest and most mineralized tissue in the body, it still has its weaknesses. When it comes to what your teeth can and can’t do, there are important limitations that people don’t realize until something bad happens.
We previously mentioned that ice and hard candy have the ability to chip and crack your teeth—anything particularly crunchy can cause damage to your smile. People are also known to use their teeth as tools for opening bags, ripping off tags from clothes, and more. This additional pressure to their teeth, pressure that they aren’t made for, can easily cause cracks, chips, and parts of your tooth to break off.
Once you notice that your tooth is broken or chipped, it’s important to schedule an appointment to visit our office as soon as possible. If you don’t, then you’re leaving your tooth susceptible to infection and bacteria, which can result in you potentially losing that tooth! After you’ve scheduled an appointment, make sure that you’re doing all you can to protect the tooth—don’t be afraid to ask us for advice on what to do while you wait!
When it’s time for your appointment, we’ll determine what the best procedure is in order to save your tooth. If it’s a small piece of the enamel, we can repair it with a simple filling. Bonding is another procedure available that can restore your tooth if the chip is visible when you smile. If a large piece of your tooth has broken off, a dental crown will be made to cover the injured tooth in order to protect the dentin and improve the appearance.
Don’t hesitate to contact your cosmetic dentistry in Walnut Creek CA to learn more about what to do if your teeth have been cracked or damaged or to schedule an appointment with us today at (925) 937-9017.